One of the most frustrating questions I ever tried to answer was the one my children would ask whenever we started on a journey: “Are we there yet?” And the longer the journey, the more frequently the question was asked.
The Christian life is a journey. As soon as we surrender our lives to the Lordship of Jesus Christ, the journey begins. The goal of our journey is to become Christ-like in all that we think or do or say. So, it begins in a moment in history and continues until we are with Him in glory. Often, when we are born again, we expect our life to be filled with sunshine and roses, skies with no clouds and waters with no waves. But that never happens.
Our days continue to be filled with difficulties and our nights are no easier: the unending and unanswered questions remain. What is going on? What’s happening? Why me?
The Psalmist gives us insight to those questions: “The Lord will fulfill His purpose for me; Your love, O Lord, endures forever - do not abandon the works of Your hands!”
The journey is the plan and the plan that He designed for each of us includes His purpose for our lives. And as we are reminded by the Psalmist, “He will fulfill His purpose.” There can be no doubt that God has a unique purpose for each of us. That’s why we are all different: our tastes are different, our interests are different, our talents are different and our gifts are different. God created each of us to be different because the plan He has for each of us is different.
When the Psalmist spoke of God’s enduring love and a fear of being abandoned, he must have been going through a difficult time. So he reminded himself that he is a “work of God’s hand” as are each of us. This reminds us, too, that “we not there, yet.”
Prayer: Give us patience and perseverance, Lord, to trust You always, knowing that You are fulfilling the plan You have for us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Psalm 138:8 The Lord will vindicate me; your love, Lord, endures forever— do not abandon the works of your hands.