“Now it is God who has made us for this very purpose & has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.” (2 Corinthians 5:5)
Sometimes life can seem hard & we wonder if things wouldn’t have been better if God had decided things differently for us. Maybe the accident or the injury we have sustained, the disease that is taking over our body—if only that had not happened things could have been better.
This verse from 2 Corinthians is part of a passage where Paul talks about our earthly bodies having limitations, but the promise God has give us of eternity with Him. It says that God has made us “for this very purpose”. God does know what He is doing—all the time—& He has a purpose in what’s happening in our lives, right at this very moment.
We don’t see the big picture that God sees, so we are not often able to see the purpose in the things that seem to blindside us, or take us far from our comfort zones. But God does. He knows how each moment of each day fits into the plan that He has for our lives. He sees & knows what we can learn from each experience, whether difficult & challenging, or an experience that blesses us.
We may not underst& the purpose of our trials, but there is a purpose & we were made for it.
These words of Paul are followed a couple of verses later, by the words: “We live by faith, not by sight.” (2 Corinthians 5:7) We can’t always see what’s going on, but we can always have faith in the One who does.
I’m reminded of the words of a Steve Green song: “He who began a good work in me, will be faithful to complete it”. And God has a good reason & purpose in that.
About the Author:
Fiona Burrows lives in Melbourne, Australia. She is thankful for the difference God makes in her life as she lives with chronic pain. She enjoys finding time for writing, reading, travel & photography.