Everything Has A Purpose

Do we really believe, “Everything has a purpose?”  Sometimes we say we do but do we really?  For example, “I spoke at an 8:30 Pm service out in a distant village from our team.  The service was over at 10 Pm and I was spent knowing the distance back to the place where I am staying. Before we left the head elder asked, ‘If we would please come by and have a meal with them.’  This was the last thing on my mind to eat at 10:30 at night.  But I knew that I could not refuse, so we went.”

The fact is everything I had preached was now being put to the test.  Would I be humble and go as I had preached or would I be selfish and come back and get the sleep I thought I needed?

As I read the little book of Philemon during my devotion time, I thought, “This is how both Philemon and Onesimus must have felt.”  Philemon was a slave owner and Onesimus was a slave who had run away and traveled to where Paul was under house arrest.  While there Paul leads him to Christ.  Paul writes this letter to Philemon requesting that he receive him back into his home.  Whatever the cost Paul would pay.

What a picture this is of Christ who frees us from enslavement of sin and offers payment for our sins to God.  Here is the verse that leaped off the page and into my heart, “For perhaps he departed for a while for this very purpose, that you might receive him forever,” Vs: 14.  WOW!!!

Everything has a purpose and that purpose is to accomplish the purposes of God, which has the ultimate goal of glorifying God!!!  I am so thankful that I went with this family because it was an awesome opportunity to fellowship with God’s people and to offer encouragement to all involved.  Most importantly we were able to glorify God in our time together.

I wonder, Do you praise the Lord for every circumstance?  Do you look for His purposes in every circumstances?  I encourage you to do so today because this could be the day that your trial accomplishes the greatest of things as you praise Him in the midst of the storm.

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