Marc Phun writing about where we find our purpose, even when we are unsure of what the future holds. He uses Exodus, since we have been exploring the first books of the Old Testament in Bible 316, and encourages us to point back to a God that is far bigger than our unknowns.
We are obsessed with finding the next thing to do. We are always moving and always searching. God designed us this way, to seek him in all seasons of life.
I find myself online shopping on Amazon very often, it’s such instant gratification when you click what you want and get it – but 98.3% of life isn’t like that. We can’t always make things we want appear at our door step in the form of a nice little box.
But we desire that it does.
Reading Exodus I’ve been encouraged to see that the God of the universe who named and placed each star, maintains the revolving of the planets, controls the raging oceans and puts breath in our lungs, is faithful even in the smallness of our humanity. We see a picture of God being so present in working in Moses, even in his fear, when he calls him to bring the Israelites out of Egypt and he tells God, “I cannot speak well, I am slow of speech, I cannot do what you ask. Please.”
Then the Lord said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak.” But he said, “Oh, my Lord, please send someone else.” Then the anger of the Lord was kindled against Moses and he said, “Is there not Aaron, your brother, the Levite? I know that he can speak well. Behold, he is coming out to meet you, and when he sees you, he will be glad in his heart. You shall speak to him and put the words in his mouth, and I will be with your mouth and with his mouth and will teach you both what to do. Exodus 4:11-15
Seeing Moses’ fear, The Lord sends Aaron with him to speak for him. He accommodates in our fear and our anxiety of the future, but goes with us, sending people with us too. You see, God calls us all to different places, to speak to different people, to love in different circles that no one else can. You were designed to love and speak the truths of God to people. Whether that is in school, in the workplace or at home – truth and love is this: Jesus, the Son of God who was also fully man, died for sins that none of us could repay, and he rose from the grave to defeat death. Now we are safe and secure in the promise of his unfailing love that changes us, and moves us closer to see him.
Whether you are a freshman, senior or someone that has been working the same job for 40 years, God has a purpose and a plan that is higher than you can imagine. But we get so caught up in the next steps that we forget that He is right next to us, that because of Jesus, His Spirit is living in us, changing us, helping us to love and speak truth in the present to the people he has given to us NOW.
Jesus himself says these words in Matthew 6:25-27 and 6:33-34:
“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? …
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
What does it mean to seek the Kingdom of God? Every Kingdom has a King who calls all the shots and that is Jesus – The One who died and rose to be at the right hand of the Father. To seek Him is to hold onto his words with your life, to let them change you and then to go out into the people he has placed in your life to speak truth and to love. I know it’s so easy to slip into worrying about what we’re going to do next year, what friends we will have in two years, whether we will be able to handle what God gives us, but he has already promised that He will not leave us.
Don’t let the future plans of your time here on earth waste your investment into the eternal. There are few things that matter forever, as Brett Gilchrist says, “Your relationship with God, the time, energy and money spent spreading the gospel and your encouragement and building up of people.”
It doesn’t matter how young or old you are, this is the trajectory for life. To love God and people is the purpose of our existence – have that in the forefront of your mind and that will effect every single decision you make. There’s no need to worry, be encouraged that he goes before you and is constantly working in you.