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The series 'Gaining Perspective on God’s Purpose for Your Life' starts with an exploration on how God uses the lives of special characters like Joseph in Genesis 37-50 to speed us up on our spiritual growth. An advanced discipleship guide.
God has purposed to teach us about these important facets of life through Joseph’s own experiences. As we meditate on these different words describing his life, then we will gain special insight and knowledge for our own lives and purposes.
God provides many key insights into how He engages His people, works through difficult circumstances, reveals Himself, answers prayers, etc.
All of these become a guidepost for us, a place to regularly refurbish our perspective of how God works in all sorts of life circumstances to bring abounding blessings to us and others through our lives. We are also importantly reminded that God’s plan does not rotate around our lives. God has a bigger plan and incorporates all that He does into His larger plan that brings His compassion and truth into the world and glory to His Name.
When we see God working through the lives of others, God’s Name is always praised. The person made many good and hard choices, but we always see the signature of God written on his or her life. Our response is one of praise.
As we carefully read the life of Joseph, we will easily be able to reflect on our lives. The circumstances will be so different, but we will gain a clearer perspective on what God is doing in our lives and how He guides life events to help us accomplish His good purposes. It is God who pieced together the thousands of difficult experiences Joseph faced to bring about a great end to a terrible life. He is doing the same for all His children.
God has created us to fulfill the purposes for which He made us. “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them” (More on Ephesians 2:10). This verse clearly sets before us the knowledge that God has preordained the good works that we are to carry out.
Doesn’t this show how involved our Lord is in the design not only of our persons but also our circumstances and lives? God does not give us a ‘to do’ list but day by day leads us into fulfilling His calling as we spend time with Him.
Read Ephesians 2:8-10. Write out and memorize the words describing God’s plans for our lives.
Finish the sentence, “God has prepared beforehand all the good works that He ________ me to do.”
- Name one thing He wants you to do today. How do you know? What time will you carry it out?