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Psalm 118:8 ” It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.”

For all of you that enjoy Bible trivia, the middle Scripture of the Bible is this verse, Psalm 118:8 .  It’s the very center point of God’s Word.  So was it placed there by chance or divinely inspired?  Many times I’ve  prayed to find God’s perfect plan and purpose in my life…to be in the very center of His Will.   For I know that’s the safest and very best place to be.  And if I look at the fundamental truths in this verse, it makes that search easier.  Where am I placing my faith and trust…whose promises am I putting stock in…and where really does my confidence lie?  If it’s in man, I’m going to be disappointed…but if my trust is in the Lord, I will find His ultimate plan and purpose for my life.

Romans 12:6 ” We have different gifts, according to the grace given us.”

God’s free expression of His loving kindness is shown us when the Holy Spirit imparts unique gifts to each one of us…not for our benefit, but to edify others.  These spiritual gifts follow closely along the lines of our character and personality…the distinctive things that make us who we are.  The Holy Spirit gives varies gifts to different people according to His divine plan and purpose in their lives.  We all have different gift combinations, but they all are given us that we may serve others.

Galatians 5:25 ” Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.”

Our Christian journey isn’t perfect, for everyday we mess up.  We say things we shouldn’t…or out of anger and frustration we act unkindly.  Holiness isn’t something that we’re suddenly bestowed with when we say “Yes” to Jesus…it’s a process…a daily effort towards perfection.  Philippians 1:6 tells us, “That being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”  This journey towards holiness –  towards perfection,  is God’s purpose for you.  And as you walk in the Spirit, you’ll discover that His ultimate plan and purpose for you is that process towards holiness.

Romans 8:28 ” And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.”

God called us for His own reasons by the wooing of the Holy Spirit, through the Gospel.  The plan and purpose for your life was ingeniously created before the beginning of time.  You might think God’s plan and purpose for you is only some lofty ideal…more concept than practicality.  But God uses everything for our good.  He uses the consequences that happen when we sin to disciple and shape us into a better person.  He uses the drudgery of dull mundane tasks, the interactions with strangers, and the simple acts of kindness we do to conform us closer to His image.  There is not one thing you’ll do today that hasn’t already passed through God’s hands first and will be used for your good.

Jeremiah 14:10 ” This is what the Lord says about this people: ‘They greatly love to wander; they do not restrain their feet. So the Lord does not accept them; He will now remember their wickedness and punish them for their sins.’ “

In this world of immediate gratification… where there seems to be no control or limits placed on decency or morality anymore…should we be surprised when young people aimlessly wander through life without goals, plans, and purpose?  Their whole life has been centered around the next selfie…the next Social Media post…the next momentary pleasure.  For when you ask them what they want to be doing in five years and how they’re going about achieving that right now…they give you a blank stare.  Without direction, we flounder.  Without limits, we lose inhibitions.  Without a plan and purpose, our life is truly meaningless and empty.  God has a plan and purpose for everyone…a wonderful life full of joy, self-discovery, and most of all peace.

Isaiah 40:8 ” The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the Word of our God stands forever.”

Our Lord is everlasting, eternal, and forever…and so is His Word.  Every word, command, and promise within the Bible was true at its conception…is true today…and will remain true into eternity.  The tremendous power  within the Word is found in Isaiah 55:11 where it says, “So is My Word that goes out from My mouth;  It will not return to Me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”   So we can then stand firm,  putting our faith and trust in His Word…knowing that His plan and purpose is being fulfilled in our life.

Ecclesiastes 11:6 ” Sow your seed in the morning, and at evening let not your hands be idle, for you do not know which will succeed, whether this or that, or whether both will do equally well.”

What are you talented in?  What do you have a natural, creative aptitude for?  But more importantly, just how did you find out you had a flair or knack for this talent?  You had to try your hand at it!   We all have hidden talents just waiting to be discovered by us…we just need to be brave enough to try something new and different.  Our life here on earth is fleeting, so while we have the opportunity,  we need to strive for our ultimate purpose in life.  God’s plan and purpose for us involves using our gifts, talents, and passions all rolled together for His glory.  But you’ll never know what you’re talented in unless you try first.