And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
Romans 8:28 NIV
Statistics Canada reports that 6 in 10 Canadians have a strong sense of meaning and purpose. The percentage was higher in rural areas – 69% – than in urban centres – 58%. Those with excellent or very good overall health report the strongest sense of meaning and purpose at 72%. Only 26% of those with fair or poor mental health reported a strong sense of meaning and purpose. Provincially, the strongest sense of meaning and purpose was in Quebec – 67%.
People long for purpose in their lives. It is challenging to find that purpose when we are taught that we are simply the product of chance selection over billions of years. What a contrast to what the Bible teaches. The entire narrative of Scripture is that we are lovingly created by God, who gives us talents and abilities and has a specific purpose for us, using those gifts for His glory. No wonder Paul the apostle wrote this in Romans 8:28: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Life isn’t always easy. Paul, who wrote these words, often faced persecution, hunger, thirst and loneliness. Through it all, Paul recognized that God was working out His plan for Paul’s life and through Paul building His kingdom. He does the same through you. God created you with a specific purpose – and when you put your life in Jesus’ care, you will find great joy in discovering that purpose and walking in it. You are not the product of chance – you were lovingly created with a purpose. Trust Jesus Christ to reveal His purpose, and then walk in it.
These have been words from the heart.