GOD HAS A PURPOSE FOR YOU.
Acts 13:36 (GW transalation) “After doing God’s will by serving the people of his time, David died.”
During this very difficult time for our family, as we continue to keep “vigil” for my brother-in-law’s soon departure to his eternal reward; we have been sharing treasured memories of years gone by with each other. Through old family pictures, accounts of joyful times together and the many exploits we as a family have shared for the cause of the Kingdom of God.
During my devotional time this morning I was reading in the Book of Acts. Encouraging my own heart of the many that came before us and the mighty “acts” they did for God in a darkened generation. I stopped at Acts 13:36 as my thoughts immediately turned to my beloved brother-in-law, who served God with ALL HIS MIGHT!
Death for the child of God, who is walking in God’s will, is nothing to fear, as actually it means that individual’s work for God is complete!
I don’t know about you my friends, but in my case, once God’s plan for my life on this earth is complete, I have absolutely NO DESIRE to hang around this veil of trouble and sorrow!
Now the challenge is this…………………….
We have only one life to live.
It can only be invested once.
How we invest our life is up to each one of us.
If we spend your time pursuing our own goals and ambitions, our life will bear testimony to how we sought to fulfill our earthly dreams.
If we live our life trying to please other people, our life will be a reflection of the plans that others made for us.
HOWEVER, if we seek to fulfill every purpose God has in mind for us; our life will be a tribute TO THE GLORY OF GOD.
Think about the reference to David in the scripture verse I quoted.
David became king of Israel in a difficult time. The Philistines had badly defeated Israel and killed the previous king. The nations close to Israel were looking for opportunities to take advantage of them. Even the city of Jerusalem was controlled by David’s enemies. David’s own people were divided between the north and the south. Some did not want David as their king. David inherited a lot of headaches along with his crown, but he trusted that God had made him king for a reason.
If you go back into the Old Testament and read the account of David’s life you will see that he determined in his heart to carry out every purpose God had for him.
Yes, he failed at times but always repented and returned to God’s plan.
He defeated his enemies. He united his people. He encouraged his nation to worship the one, true God. By the time David reached old age, Israel had achieved a measure of greatness that it has never reached again.
When David died, an old man, he had the assurance that he had completed everything God desired of him.
The result………? Did David receive the glory……….? ABSOLUTELY NOT!!
GOD received the glory in David’s accomplishments because he followed God’s plan for the nation of Israel.
What about David, you ask?
The scripture records in this passage in Acts that he is known as a man “after God’s own heart”.
Acts 13:22 (NKJV) “And when He had removed him, He raised up for them David as king, to whom also He gave testimony and said, ‘I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My own heart, who will do all My will.’
In my humble opinion dear friends, this is the epitaph that I would want carved on my grave stone…….that I was a woman after God’s own heart!
I know that my brother-in-law, Victor Coetzee, more than qualifies for that epitaph when he breaks free from the ties of this world and steps into the glory of eternity!
God has plans for you and me. He wants to use our life in ways that will make a significant difference, not only now, but for eternity. So let me repeat my title of this Nugget: GOD HAS A PURPOSE FOR YOU but it is up to you to choose which path you will take!