Psalm 138:8 (ESV) The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.
It is the eve of my twentieth wedding anniversary. I cannot believe it has been that long. It sure doesn’t feel like it. Looking at him, when did his hair become peppered with strands of silver? I blame it on our children. Oh my, where did all these tiny lines and wrinkles appear around my eyes and on my face? Time has a way of passing unnoticed in our busyness. At least for us, but not God. He is always working His Purpose in our life. I knew this was the man who I was to marry. Just one meal that turned into the conversation that would change my life forever. He wanted God in the center of it all. So did I. He wanted a Christ-centered marriage. Me, too. The beauty of our Savior shined a light in a crowded room and I knew that he was the one.
The last nineteen years and 364 days holds many memories. We have climbed mountain, traversed the wilderness and trudged through valleys together. Fought many battles and won wars side-by-side even when it was against each other. Through it all, never alone but always with the Holy Spirit reminding us Who we belong to and what God joined together no one can tear asunder. Our marriage definitively is part of our purpose in life. Marriage is to intentionally choose to live in perfect unity with another person. The plans of each heart approaching an altar is just that to live in love forever, right… However, our plans don’t always produce the desired outcome and commitment must engage or it will end in divorce. Statistically, this is how the world approaches dead dreams, discouraging delays and dire disappointments.
I want to encourage you today. The Lord WILL fulfill His Purpose for your life. He WILL fulfill His Purpose for me. No matter how lost I become in living this life, God has a purpose for my forever life that is too precious to divorce. His Steadfast Love endures forever. It doesn’t matter where this life takes me – my commitment to the Lord. To say, “Yes, God!” To say, “Christ be the center of it all!” To say, “Spirit lead me!” These declarations over our life followed by commitment to stay true to them will always carry us to complete satisfaction, completion and fulfillment no matter how many times our good intentions fail, loss of direction causes a detour or plans are wrecked completely.
Psalm 138:8 (NKJV) The Lord will perfect that which concerns me…
Proverbs 16:3-4 (ESV) Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established. The Lord has made everything for its purpose, even the wicked for the day of trouble.
Proverbs 19:21 (ESV) Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.
Before committing our life to each other, my husband (then fiancé) and I recommitted our life to the Lord. Many broken roads led us to each other. God bless the broken road. I believe God honors our weak yet sincere attempt to give Him our heart. It becomes a lifelong partnership. Kind of like the one I have with Goodwill, you know I find junk and donate it to the local store. When I find things in my heart, I must continually engage in the process of submission and surrender to Him. He is loving, patient and kind. Always welcoming me like the nice man with the broken down cart. I open the trunk and he carries it all away. God does exactly the same.
We make all these wonderful plans. But thankfully, when my plans fail, God is still perfecting that which concerns me unmoved by my constant need for control or rebellious ways. He loving and consistently just keeps on trucking. It is important to examine our heart on a regular basis and remove the junk hidden within. Most of the time, it is the very thing keeping us from our next victory shout.
Ephesians 1:3-6 (ESV) Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.
Can I let you in a little secret? After a nasty divorce, I had decided never to marry again. I had three beautiful children and was in the process of rebuilding my life. I didn’t need anyone else. I was content with the manageable life that “I” was living. When I met my husband, it was magnetic. Every thought and idea of how my life would progress in that instant. It is easy to give up on our plans and even our own personalized purpose when things don’t turn out as expected. To throw in the towel. Surely the mess made of it is far too great for the Living God. We got what we deserved. Purpose is not produced by anything I do or do not do because purpose is who I am. God created me with purpose. He decided a plan or course of action for my life before I breathed my first breath. He decided to love me.
Through His Son, Christ – every spiritual blessing is already released to me just waiting for faith to find it. Faith produces obedience. It is impossible to please God without faith. See God is not concerned with my plans. His Plan is to fulfill my purpose and that is exactly what He will do for those who choose to have faith and hold on to hope without wavering. I didn’t want any part of it until purpose was standing before me. God led me to my purpose even when I wasn’t looking for it. Suddenly, I realized there was more to life than the 32 years that I had lived before I met him. Our first commitment was to Christ. Now look what the Lord has done…live on purpose, for purpose and seeking purpose. Know that God created you for a purpose even if you give up – He never will! Thank you Lord for always perfecting that which concerns me! Thank you for purpose!
Romans 8:28 (ESV) And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.