“But I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.” Exodus 9:16 (NIV)
One of my jobs allows me the privilege of meeting some very interesting people with great stories. While their stories are theirs to tell, I met one particular woman who others might describe as having had a hard life. However, not once in any conversation we’ve had does she portray herself as a victim. She has used the history she was given to do great things for God, her family and nationwide. Because of her willingness, God has opened doors for her to share her story with many.
Another person I’ve met shared how God orchestrated certain things in his life to where he now has influence to do something about a passion God stirred in him back when he was a child. He has already promised God that he is willing. He is just waiting on God’s timing and doors to open up. The preparation work is completed.
These conversations have gotten me thinking. While I don’t claim to completely understand what others experience, I do believe God has a purpose He would like to be fulfilled and because He can see the big picture, He plants us in places and circumstances, equipping us with the tools we need through His strength, in order to achieve great things for His glory.
I also know that God created all people equal and He sees all of us the same, without racial divide or cultural lines. He loves each of us deeply, showing that His sole purpose is to have a personal relationship with each of us, not just here on earth but for all eternity. For those of us who already call themselves Christ followers, we have a united goal and that is to show His love and introduce the heart of Jesus to those whom God allows to cross our path.
Therefore, with that belief, God still made us all different. We all have unique gifts and talents that He wants us to use for His glory. Some of us are talkers… others of us are quite shy. Some are a mixture of both. Each of us was born with a purpose and the gifts and talents to fulfill that purpose. That is why I believe God handpicked where He placed us because only He knew what skills would be required to fulfill His purpose in each area. Does that mean I think God chose abuse or neglect for some of us and not for others? No… that’s sin and the enemy’s doing. We need to keep the blame where it rightfully belongs.
While the specifics of our challenges might differ, every one of us will face trials in this life. Our suffering all has a common denominator – that is, none of us can find victory without God’s help.
I want to encourage everyone today. God’s plans are always perfect. God handpicked our families, culture, neighborhoods, etc. If we ask Him, He will show us the bigger picture, how He can use our past as well as our present to do our part to fulfill His ultimate purpose – introducing others to Him.
© Cheri Swalwell 2016