Genesis 45:5: Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life.
It didn’t look as if God sent Joseph; it was as if everything happened to him by chance. But Joseph recognized the hand of God in the processes (mostly negative) that led to his becoming the Prime Minister in Egypt was ordained by God, hence the words of the focus verse, which he directed at his brothers, who started the chain of negative events in his life which led him into prison, before he became free and became the number one administrator in the land.
The ways of God are definitely higher than man’s. And he says: I will do all my counsel and perform all my pleasure. He declares end from the beginning (Isaiah 46:9-10).
The Lord can go into the future and put things in order, because he is a timeless God, eternal God. The Lord works things according to his own counsel. Nothing surprises him. His knowledge is without limit.
We need to realise that we are men and women on a mission and cooperate with the work of God on the earth. When we pray: let your will be done on earth as it is in heaven, it starts with us first (Matthew 6:10). We need to be men and women with a sense of mission, doing the will of God, imbued with the purpose of Jesus Christ. It takes nothing to be purposeless, but it takes a lot to be purposeful. It takes nothing to be a fool but it takes a lot to be wise, it takes deliberate movement in the direction of the wisdom of God. Paul says that we should not be ignorant fools but wise, and that happens when we understand what the will of God is (Ephesians 5:17-18).
We need to live with a sense of mission, of purpose. When Jesus was on earth, he said: I must work the work of him who sent me, while it is day; the night comes when no man can work (John 9:4). He knows what was required of him per time. He operated with a sense of purpose.
At the age of twelve he was possessed with a sense of purpose. He had gone with the parent to the temple at Jerusalem, the centre of their religion. After the festivities, they started their journey back to their place of abode, but they did not realise on time that Jesus was not with them. When they did and retraced their steps, they found him in the temple (Luke 2:41-52).
There He asked his parents, who have been worried for days that don’t they know that he should be about his father’s business? He understood his purpose; he understood his timing, which was why he said that the night comes when no man can work, when one phase of work closes and the other opens.
If we are imbued with a sense of purpose we will live fearlessly. Paul wrote that God has not given us a spirit of fear but the Spirit of sound mind (2Timothy 1:6-7). The Spirit moves us away from fear, into soundness of thoughts, in alignment with God’s thoughts and purpose. The spirit of fear and a sense of divine purpose are mutually exclusive, because there is no fear in God.
Paul wrote to the Roman church that all things work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). If we understand our mission on the earth, we would embrace those words as true, as we “see” how things are shaping up for us from God’s own perspective.
Having the sense of being sent by God on a mission to this earth, you will also realise the need to be faithful to the one who sent you, who set you on earth for that purpose.
God made man and set him in the Garden of Eden, but man changed his allegiance along the way (Genesis 3). Man yielded to the wife and indirectly yielded to the devil, after which they both experienced a domination of fear.
Eve operated by the fear of not being wise, in the serpent’s definition of it (peer pressure), while Adam disobeyed God based on the fear of being different from his wife (need to conform). Those who operate by the purpose of God must live beyond peer pressure, and the need to conform, both being expressions of fear, and contrary to the spirit of sound mind that is in the purpose of God.
When you understand that you are in this world to accomplish a purpose for the glory of God, your life will be radically changed. God told Jeremiah: before you got to your mother’s womb I know you and before you were born I ordained you a prophet to the nations (Jeremiah 1:1-5).
That surely cured him of any notion that he is an accident. It doesn’t matter whether you are born out of wedlock, an orphan or suffered the worst of rejections, being born again restores you to your heavenly father, from whom you came, in the first instance, and he then impacts his own purpose to you, he gives you a reason for living.
You don’t have to walk around anymore with no sense of purpose. If you don’t know anything else about your purpose, know that you are meant to worship God. To the Samaritan woman Jesus said the Father seeks true worshipers, who will worship Him in spirit and truth (John 4:21-24). When your life gives glory to God then you are fulfilling purpose your purpose. Any other specific purpose that you can have in God is all about giving Him glory.
Paul went into the work of God with a clear mandate of what God wants him to do. When he met Jesus on the way to Damascus, he asked: what would you have me do (Acts 9:6)? And from then on, he was possessed with a sense of purpose, that he has a mandate to achieve on the earth, as a blessing sent by God. In one of his letters, he praised God for counting him worthy, putting him in the ministry (1Timothy 1:12). In another place he said: necessity is laid upon me; woe is me if I preach not the gospel (1Corinthians 9:16). He made it clear that he was a sent man.
You need to have God make it clear in your mind what he has sent you to do on this earth to do. You are meant to make impact. You need to understand the change that you are meant to bring to this earth.
God met Gideon while he was hiding because of the grievousness of the oppression of the enemy (Judges 6:11-16). And God sent him to deliver Israel. That was the change God wants to bring to the earth through him. He needed to know that and then walk in it, in cooperation with God. The same goes for you.
- Knowing Jesus as the Lord (expressionsbyacg.wordpress.com)
- Catching Up With God (celmiller.wordpress.com)
- Optimistic about the Future (bloodboughtwriters.wordpress.com)
- Stephen’s Speech Before the Council and Stephen the Martyr – Acts 7 (sundayschoolbiblestudy.wordpress.com)
- Luke 9:28-36 (arietta18.wordpress.com)
- Every Word of God (wiggooch.wordpress.com)