One Purpose

 

When God created the world and all that is in it, He did it according to His plan. From that plan everything was given a purpose.

The prophet Isaiah tells us that when our first parents disobeyed God, “We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.” Isaiah 53:6

Shortly after the Jewish people returned to Jerusalem after their captivity, the prophet Ezra had them stand up a read aloud the Pentateuch. Sometimes they would read all of the first five books of the Bible. Ezra’s reason for doing so was that mankind might rediscover God’s purposes and plans for them.

The Word of God serves to guide us back to the truth. The following three verses are just three examples of how the Word of God abounds in truth.
All your words are true; all your righteous laws are eternal. Psalm 119:160
Teach me your way, LORD, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. Psalm 86:11

For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. John 1:17

We live very busy lives or lives that are indifferent to the Word of God. Either way, it is in our nature to seek what offers most towards our own significance. That is why we place so much significance on our ancestry’s, the color of our skin, gender, and social status, all things we are born into without our having a choice in the matter.

We think of ourselves in terms of stages. And in these various stages, we regard what we are experiencing as reality. These we call “stages of life.” Every one of these stages is a physical trap that prevents us from seeing beyond the physical, beyond ourselves, beyond time to the plan ordained by God.

It is within the Word of God that this plan of God is revealed. And this plan unites in the way that God sees all of us. The law that Moses laid down for his people is the same law that convicts us whatever stage of life we are experiencing.
“We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.” Isaiah 53:6

That truth which Isaiah speaks of is the same truth that convicts us all. The law of God is the great equalizer who is no respecter of age, whether an infant who is fighting to hold unto their last breath or a dying old man in a nursing home.

Either the hosts of darkness are rejoicing over some soul they have held in captivity or the hosts of heaven are rejoicing over one whose life is hidden in Christ. If you have some difficulty in intellectually accepting the above I suggest you read in the Word of God the account of the supernatural powers that are in conflict in the 10th chapter of Daniel. It is the law of God that is the great equalizer.

It is the gospel of God which keeps us safe from all the powers of darkness.

That is why it is so important that those who lead others into the Word of God are also wise to the powers of the worldviews that lead us away from God. When we have been baptized into the name of the Triune God, and receive Christ’s body and blood, we die daily to the powers of sin that hold us captive and rise anew each day through the life Jesus gave up for us that we might live through God’s grace and mercy.

It is for that reason that remaining steadfast in the Word of God is so important. That Word refreshes and renews our minds. If you have received strength from a conversation with a Christian friend, how much more will God’s conversation with you in His Word strengthen you on to eternal life. This Word embraces us because God sent His Son Jesus into this world to become one of us—physically in order to make us spiritually alive.

“He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.” Isaiah 53:3

Hear His cry as He hung on the cross dying, “Father why have you forsaken me?” As He succumbed to death, and through His personal suffering delivered us from death, it is not an issue of what we look like, how smart, how popular, how liked we are or the stage of life we are going through. God is constantly with us although we cannot see Him, feel His breath or feel the touch of His hand.

He “touches us” by giving us a faith that enables us to trust in Him. Spend time growing to understand the faith He gives us to live through all the stages of our lives with the full assurance that right now Christ is preparing an eternal life of glory for each of us when this short period of time is over.