What Path Are We On?

09/16/2007

Human plans, no matter how wise or well advised, cannot stand against the Lord.
Proverbs 21:30 (NLT)

Are you waiting for the day when you will grow up and be able to answer the statement, “When I grow up, I want to be __________.” It seems the older we get, the more we begin to understand that we will never be fully grown up, because life is a continual process that is never-ending on this earth—all the way into our Eternal Home—and the process is good. Oswald Chambers writes: “It is the process, not the end, which is glorifying to God.”

I heard a statement by a man named Jim Harris. He said, “There are two great days in a person’s life. The day you’re born, and the day you know why.” This statement seems to run deeper than what we want to be, and into who God created us to be. Do we sometimes miss who we are because of pressure from ourselves, and even others, who seem to know what it is we should be doing and how we should be doing it? And yet, when all these plans don’t really seem to fit exactly the way we’d like them to, we continue to ask ourselves, Why am I here? What is my purpose? How will I find it? Maybe we need to start at the beginning—who were we when God was forming us in the utter seclusion of our mother’s womb? It says in Psalm 139, that every day of our life was recorded in God’s book. In God’s decision-making process, God knew why He was forming us before we were ever born. That is a comforting thought that we can truly rest in. We are His, and His alone. His plan will prevail, here and all our days into eternity.

Psalm 139 says, “lead us along the path of everlasting life.” How do we find that path? Is it in asking, “Why am I here?” Jesus knew the bottom line of why He was here—He was chosen to be the Vessel of Hope for all who would believe in Him. That’s how the Master Potter designed His life. Jesus did that by knowing His Father.

How has God designed each of our lives? We can know that each of us is a vessel made by God—but we’ll only discover the why “on the path of everlasting life.” When we walk that path, our Father is pleased with His creation because, “In keeping with his promise we are looking to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness." (2 Peter 3:13 NIV) Through the hills and valleys that we walk through with God, we will find our purpose in each day. When knowing God is our aim, our “clothing” for the day will fit us perfectly, and the rest of what happens in our lives are simply the “accessories” that go along with knowing God. With the why in life being taken care of, it won’t be an uneasy life, but a life that will start to feel like the comfy clothes we put on after arriving home from a hard day’s work. We’ll discover that we don’t have to be BUSY in life, treading down any old path, which I’ve heard described as “Being Under Satan’s Yoke.” Instead, we’ll always be searching for God’s path that leads us to be ACTIVE--“Accepting Callings That In-Volve Eternity!” In these activities, God’s glory will be what shines because we’re getting to know Him…He’s our ultimate, unending, very exciting quest, each and every day!