my utmost for his highest

God’s Purpose or Mine?

He made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him
to the other side… — Mark 6:45
We tend to think that if Jesus Christ compels us to do
something and we are obedient to Him, He will lead us to
great success. We should never have the thought that our
dreams of success are God’s purpose for us. In fact, His
purpose may be exactly the opposite. We have the idea that
God is leading us toward a particular end or a desired goal,
but He is not. The question of whether or not we arrive at a
particular goal is of little importance, and reaching it
becomes merely an episode along the way. What we see as
only the process of reaching a particular end, God sees as
the goal itself.
What is my vision of God’s purpose for me? Whatever it may
be, His purpose is for me to depend on Him and on His
power now. If I can stay calm, faithful, and unconfused
while in the middle of the turmoil of life, the goal of the
purpose of God is being accomplished in me. God is not
working toward a particular finish— His purpose is the
process itself. What He desires for me is that I see “Him
walking on the sea” with no shore, no success, nor goal in
sight, but simply having the absolute certainty that
everything is all right because I see “Him walking on the
sea” ( Mark 6:49). It is the process, not the outcome, that is
glorifying to God.
God’s training is for now, not later. His purpose is for this
very minute, not for sometime in the future. We have
nothing to do with what will follow our obedience, and we
are wrong to concern ourselves with it. What people call
preparation, God sees as the goal itself.
God’s purpose is to enable me to see that He can walk on
the storms of my life right now. If we have a further goal in
mind, we are not paying enough attention to the present
time. However, if we realize that moment-by-moment
obedience is the goal, then each moment as it comes is
It is in the middle that human choices are made; the
beginning and the end remain with God. The decrees of
God are birth and death, and in between those limits man
makes his own distress or joy. Shade of His Hand, 1223 L

Source: utmost.orgh


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