God’s Purpose or Mine?

Four boxes of Made New ~ A Hippie Chick’s Journey of Forgiveness arrived via UPS yesterday and this morning they’re sitting in my basement, seemingly staring back at me each time I walk by. I find myself struggling with overwhelming feelings of despair, and how God will open the right doors to share their message. 

Last Sunday, a godly man from church told Pete and I how important it would be to pray over them before we even thought about opening the first box. So, Pete and I lay hands on the stack and specifically prayed, thanking God for the perseverance to witness this accomplishment in our lives, as well as what He will do in lives we’ll never know anything about. 

Despite my anxieties, the Lord had some reassuring words to impart to my soul from my devotional, My Utmost for His Highest. This message reminded me of exactly what my heart and weary soul needed. 

A quote from the words of Oswald Chambers,

We tend to think that if Jesus Christ compels us to do something and we are obedient to Him, He will lead us to great success. We should never have the thought that our dreams of success are God’s purpose for us. In fact, His purpose may be exactly the opposite. We have the idea that God is leading us toward a particular end or a desired goal, but He is not. The question of whether or not we arrive at a particular goal is of little importance, and reaching it becomes merely an episode along the way. What we see as only the process of reaching a particular end, God sees as the goal itself. 

What is my vision of God’s purpose for me? Whatever it may be, His purpose is for me to depend on Him and on His power now. If I can stay calm, faithful, and unconfused while in the middle of the turmoil of life, the goal of the purpose of God is being accomplished in me. God is not working toward a particular finish-His purpose is the process itself. What He desires for me is that I see “Him walking on the sea” with no shore, no success, nor goal in sight, but simply having the absolute certainty that everything is all right because I see “Him walking on the sea” (Mark 6:49) It is the process, not the outcome, that is glorifying to God. 

God’s training is for now, not later. His purpose is for this very minute, not sometime in the future. We have nothing to do with what will follow our obedience, and we are wrong to concern ourselves with it. What people call preparation, God sees the goal itself. 

God’s purpose is to enable me to see that He can walk on the storms of my life right now. If we have a further goal in mind, we are not paying enough attention to the present time. However, if we realize that moment-by-moment obedience is the goal, then each moment as it comes is precious. 

Writing Made New ~ A Hippie Chick’s Journey has been God-inspired indeed. Yet, the purpose of this book isn’t about my goals, but about what God wants to accomplish, while I trust Him for the outcome and His desire for my life! 

10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. madenewinjesus
    Jul 29, 2014 @ 14:04:23

    Reblogged this on Judy C. Hope.



  2. Bob Povenz
    Jul 29, 2014 @ 16:16:05

    You can’t despair at beginnings. They are always scary. It’s middles where the meat, excitement, and fun are. Endings are sad. Everything has those three stages. If you aren’t at the enjoyment stage, you just haven’t gone far enough yet. You are just beginning.



  3. madenewinjesus
    Jul 29, 2014 @ 19:34:17

    It is scary, and I’m not quite sure how to make it to the middle. Not only that, what if I never make it to the middle?



    • Bob Povenz
      Jul 29, 2014 @ 21:51:38

      You do what you have been doing: taking action. Your actions determine what you get. Fear on the other hand gets you nothing of value and is just a waste of energy and imagination. An hour of worrying is 60 minutes of getting nothing done. It’s simple. You either do something or you do nothing. You don’t dance to get to a destination. You start stepping and everything is the middle. Enjoy and savor the steps, and you will find you are in the middle.



      • madenewinjesus
        Jul 31, 2014 @ 09:34:11

        Bob, Your advice and guidance has always been something I treasure. Thank you for the extra boosts of encouragement and promptings to get me out of my self-pity rut and step into the world of reality, by taking the action required to make it to a destination. You’re awesome! Thanks for your friendship.


  4. securelyheld
    Jul 30, 2014 @ 13:57:55

    Such wonderful truths, Judy! I’m so proud and excited for you!



  5. Cindy O'Brien
    Jul 30, 2014 @ 20:34:06

    This is really beautiful Cheryl and spoke truth to my heart!



  6. Bob Povenz
    Aug 01, 2014 @ 09:23:39

    I saw this bumper sticker yesterday: “In moments of doubt imagine yourself a year from now, then get back to work.” I really think that is the formula.



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