Today I was reminded of Psalm 57:2, which reads, “I cry to God Most High, who fulfills His purpose for me.”
There are projects I start, and which for one reason or another I cannot, or do not finish. As I reflect on my life, I am reminded in many ways that my best laid plans are flawed. It’s not that they’re bad plans or ideas, it’s not that I’m lacking the resources to accomplish them, it is because I am a flawed individual.
At this point in my life, I find it easy for me to look back on so many things I’ve started and never finished. “If only I would’ve finished my business marketing degree. If only I would’ve stayed in that business and just toughed it out.” There are so many of those “What ifs?”
When God redeems a man does he just redeem us for eternal life, or is there a redemptive element in this present life? In other words, does His purpose for me only get fulfilled in eternity or is there a here and now aspect to His redemptive work? I believe there is! I believe that all my failures, disappointments, discouragements, all my shame, and pain are not wasted. He is not a God who is far off, but a God who is near, and very near to all my life experiences, whether they be good or bad experiences. He’s familiar with me and to every experience I have encountered or endured.
“You meant it for evil, but God meant it for good,” has been a theme verse for much of my Christian life.
It is God’s purpose He will fulfill in me, not my purpose. Sometimes, I get that turned around. I want Him to be there when I need Him. When I feel that things aren’t going the way I planned, I just need him to come alongside and make up for my inabilities–it’s the God “AND” complex. He’s just there to help me with my agenda when I can’t finish the task. However, for the beginning to the end, He has to be the author and finisher of everything in my life.
So, I have this assured hope that when God is in control, He will fulfill his purpose for me. This fleeting life will not have been wasted, and my hope will finally we realized when He completes the work he’s begun in me on the day of Christ Jesus.