If you don’t know where your life is going, any route will get you there. One job that pays the bills will appear as good as another (even better, if the remuneration is higher). One spouse or church or house or career will seem as acceptable as another if you have no sense of where your life is headed and what help you need to arrive at your destination. But when your life is guided by a sense of purpose and direction, you recognize how profoundly every decision you make either draws you closer to or moves you away from where your life is meant to be.
When the Old Testament prophet Jeremiah was still a teenager, God assured him, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations” (Jeremiah 1:5). David affirms in Psalm 139 that even before we were born, God had a purpose for our lives (verse 16).
In the brief period in which we inhabit the globe, it’s our sacred obligation to determine why our Creator granted us the gift of life and placed us on the planet at this specific time and place.
Excerpted from Seasons of God by Richard Blackaby
What purpose has God given you during this season of your life?