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This cartoon came out in the Sunday paper a couple of months ago and even though the artist probably meant something totally different, it just struck a chord with me about our Godly purpose or destiny. I sincerely believe we all have a purpose, a destiny designed by God, even before we were born.
In Ps 139:13-16 we read "For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be."
The root word for ordained is nathan (naw-than'); a primitive root used with greatest latitude of application: apply, appoint, ascribe, assign, charge, commit, ordain, perform.
Positive proof we were designed for a purpose. In Jer 1:4-5 The Lord said to me, "I knew you before you were formed within your mother's womb; before you were born I sanctified you and appointed you as my spokesman to the world."
TLB. The root word for sanctified is, qadash (kaw-dash'); a primitive root; to appoint, bid, consecrate, dedicate, prepare, proclaim, purify, sanctify. So my friend we have all been sanctified, chosen and dedicated for a specific purpose in God’s master design. Just as the cartoon suggests we need to live our life to the fullest and be the best at our destined purpose.
In the story of Esther, she had no reason to ever believe she would become queen to King Xerxes and therefore save her people. Yet, God knew and preordained her purpose. She was of Jewish descent and the Jews had been driven from the land. As the story unfolds, the threat to annihilate the Jewish race becomes a reality. Esther fasts and prays before approaching the King with her request. Everything she did went against customs, but God was with her. The text tells us “Esther was born for such a time as this.” Through her predestined purpose she was able to save her race.
At one really low point in my teaching career, I had really decided to call it quits. (Notice the “I” in the sentence.) I had made my deal with God and had already written up my letter of resignation. To make a long story short, the exact day I was to resign, nothing short of a miracle happened. Later that night after I got home from school, I was discussing the situation with God. He so vividly placed on my heart that I was “right where He wanted me to be.” I knew in that moment that my destiny was to be a teacher. That really changed my perspective about teaching. From that point on. I really took teaching as my mission and that even though I would probably never know all the whys and whatnots of God’s plan, I was doing just what I was called to do.
We are chosen for our paths. John 15:16-17 tells us “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go . . .”( NIV) The Bible dictionary lists the root word for chosen as eklegomai (ek-leg'-om-ahee) to select, make choice, choose, chosen.
So live up to your destiny. Go forth as a chosen one to do God’s bidding. Be the best “sea turtle” you can be. After all He has plans for you. “Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.” Proverbs 16:3