We are all God’s creation, along with everything in this world. Each of us were created for a specific purpose and that purpose is definitely not to live a life of lack, suffering nor sorrow.
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,” Jeremiah 1:5 NIV
Just like with prophet Jeremiah, He knew us before we were formed in our mothers womb. He knitted us together the way He purposed. He gave us all the tools, skills and talents we would need to live our purpose. He is intentional.
But this truth does not exempt us from suffering and heartache. However, whatever troubles we are facing and discomfort we are in, we could be assured that He is there by our side, giving us strength and walking us through. God will never leave nor forsake us during the battle against our enemy, the devil. That is His promise to those in Christ, and He is not a man to lie.
Everything we go through that cannot kill us, can only strengthen our faith. Troubles and tribulations have a way of getting us close to God. So, we should celebrate in the face of difficulties, when things seem to be falling apart around us, when friends are deserting us, when success seem to be eluding us. Challenges have a way of letting us know we are not close enough to God and we need to seek His face even more robustly. Sometimes He will let you fail to remind you that you cannot do it without Him. He is intentional.
His intention for us is to enjoy our life, but enjoy it living it according to His operating manual, the Bible, His Word. He has given each of us special and unique gifts and talents we can use to add value in the kingdom, to add value to others and to contribute to the betterment of this world. However, these would remain secrets to us as long as we are not in line with His precepts.
It was for a purpose that He sent His son Jesus Christ to die for our sin ( John 3:16). It was for a purpose that He let Job be afflicted and lose almost everything (Job 2). It was for a purpose that He let Lazarus die before He could go to where He was (John 11). It was for a purpose that He let Joseph be sold to foreigners (Genesis 37). He is intentional. Some difficulties you are going through in your life right now could be His set up for your brighter future, could be a preparation for promotion. Praise Him in difficulty and in good times. He is intentional.
For as long as I live according to His purpose, and do what He called and created me to do and be, then all things will work together for my good. I rejoice in prison and in freedom, in lack and in abundance, in successes and in setbacks, hungry and with empty stomach. All things, good and bad, pain and joy, sorrow and celebration, success and setbacks… all of them work together for my good. He is intentional.