Living a life of purpose is fulfiling and numerous Bible verses point to this. The Bible gives an account of Joseph’s purpose in Genesis particularly the verses from chapter 37-50.
In the Bible book of Isaiah, some verses speak of the coming Messiah’s purpose. Also, the prophet Jeremiah’s purpose is communicated in verses from Jeremiah 1 in the Bible.
There are many other examples to point to but these are some of the common ones. God has a specific plan for your life and understanding what the Bible says will help you discover yours.
Here are 7 verses from the Bible to help you understand the power of purpose:
1. “Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them.” ~ Psalm 139:16
When it comes to knowing and understanding your life purpose, it’s a good idea to seek the Lord for guidance. If He is the author of your life, it only makes sense to find out from Him what you ought to be doing. It’s simple but not easy to follow for the most part because people like doing their own thing.
I’ve experienced how frustrating life can be when I wasn’t walking in alignment with God’s plan; it takes the peace and joy out of your life and I wouldn’t want you to experience that. By seeking God and asking for His direction, He will point you in the right direction.
2. “There are many plans in a man’s heart, nevertheless the LORD’s counsel—that will stand.” ~ Proverbs 19:21
God gave you and everyone else a free will to make their own decisions. He’s not forcing you to do anything as He is not a coercing or controlling God. You have the freedom to make your own decisions, but you must also accept the consequences that accompany them.
God shows you through His Word the benefits of living His way versus the pain of following worldly ways. He desires for you to follow His way because it will lead to prosperity on earth and in eternity.
If He was a controlling God, He wouldn’t have real relationships with any of us, would He? What you need to realize, however, is that His purpose will always prevail, so it’s smarter to follow His ways.
3. “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven.” ~ Ecclesiastes 3:1
In life, we go through various seasons and we don’t always go through the same seasons as others. Today you could be in your summer season and everything is going great, and tomorrow could be winter.
Understanding the season you’re going through at any moment helps you know what you must be doing. If you try to follow other people’s ways that may be in a different season, you’ll be in trouble.
That’s why comparing yourself to others isn’t a good idea because they may be in a different season to yours. What may work for others in a particular season, may prove to be a disaster in your case.
4. “And God sent me before you to preserve a posterity for you in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance.” ~ Genesis 45:7
God communicates to you His purpose for your life in various ways, including dreams. This was the case with Joseph in the book of Genesis. Through his dreams he learned that he was to be a ruler though it wasn’t clear initially.
Only when he became governor of Egypt, did he get to fully understand the dream after years of preparation. The key learning point is that he was faithful with every assignment he was given along the way.
By connecting all the dots looking back, he was able to make sense of all he had been through.
5. “The LORD of hosts has sworn, saying, ‘surely, as I have thought, so it shall come to pass, and as I have purposed, so it shall stand.’” ~ Isaiah 14:24
You can count on God to be faithful and true to His word no matter what situation you’re facing now. If He gave you a promise, He will fulfil it. The only challenge is that you might not know when that it will be; it could be weeks, months or years. Whatever the case may be, rest assured that it will happen.
God is sovereign, and will not allow anything whether it’s a person or situation to frustrate His work in your life. On your part, you have to believe in Him and follow the leading of the Holy Spirit.
6. “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” ~ Romans 8:28
At times life will throw you curveballs that may set you back in your pursuits. You might be treated unfairly by an employer and feel that you deserve better than that.
You might lose your job even, but it doesn’t mean it’s the end of the world for you. So many unexpected things happen in life but take heart and know that they serve a purpose in your life.
Losing your job might mean being pushed out of your comfort zone to pursue business ideas you’ve always contemplated. The devil does things for your harm, but God turns it around and uses it for your ultimate good.
7. “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.” ~ Colossians 3:23-24
God is glorified when you work with diligence and a standard of excellence. He is a great and mighty God of high standards and because you’re created in His image, you must follow suit. Doing what He created you to do is your highest form of worship and brings a great reward.
Your work ministers to others more effectively than what you say, and gives you the opportunity to tell them about Jesus. People are moved by what they see; and if the fruit of your labor is of a high standard, you’ll get multiple opportunities to minister.