The Word is My Life
Sunday, November 23, 2014
My Words are life to those that find them . . . . Prov. 4:22
PREPARING For Purpose
Created by Design
Habakkuk 2:2-3 says, “Then the Lord answered me, and said: Write the vision, and make it plain upon tablets, that he may run that reads it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time; but at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.” Prov. 29:18 tells us that where there is no vision, people perish.
There is a plan and purpose for our lives. The Bible tells us to write down the vision – as much as has been revealed by God. The vision will come forth. If there is no vision, people lose heart and even perish.
The book Purpose-Driven Life by Rick Warren has opened many eyes that we were designed by God for a purpose, and “the living out” of purpose should be apparent within our daily lives. There is, however, one thing, prevalent in our society, that kills vision. That thing is busyness. Many of us are stressed beyond measure just living out our daily routines; we take little to no time to look at the big picture … the direction our life is going in. Ps. 37:5 says to “commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.”
I will very simply address how I commit my way to the Lord as an example. On Sunday afternoons, I spend a lengthy period of time with God. I read the Word and pray to my Father in heaven. I also sit down with my calendar for the week and commit it to Him. I speak to Him about the vision for my life and I commit that to Him as well. I ask Him to line my thoughts up with His thoughts and make my priorities His priorities. I feel such a sense of peace when I conclude my time with my Father. I feel that “my world” is under the control of Almighty God. Prov. 3:6 says that “in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” I acknowledge Him over my life, invite Him in, give Him control, and He does direct. My desire is to hear “well done” one day. That means that I must live deliberately, not allowing the world and its pressures to consume my focus, energy, and time. I pray that you will prepare for the vision in your life to come forth.
The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord. Ps. 37:23