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Weekly Devotional: God Has a Purpose For You

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By Kennedy Lane
Professional Writing Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails” – Proverbs 19:21.

It can be very difficult to figure out what you want to do in life and what your purpose is. We were all put on this earth for a reason and to make a difference. We often have a hard time finding our purpose, but God has one for each and every one of us. Here are some ways to find your purpose and to trust that the Lord has a plan for your life.

Use Your Talents to Glorify Him

Everyone is talented at something. We were all given gifts and talents that we can use to find our purpose in life and to help and inspire others. God is the one who gave you your talents, and he gave them to you for a reason. He knows the potential that you have and knows that you are capable of great things. Trust in him and let him lead you. Follow him and he will guide you to help you find your purpose.

Have Patience

God knows what he is doing. Everything happens on his timing and not our own. We have to have patience that we will find our purpose when the time is right. We cannot be upset when it doesn’t come, but rather look forward to the time that it will come and be grateful for what we have in the present. He will reward you for your patience, and the reward will be even greater than we can ever imagine.

Trust His Plan

We all have an idea of how we want our lives to turn out and what we want to do in the future, but our plans may not line up with God’s plans. We often have a difficult time trusting him because we are afraid of the unknown. We never know what he has planned for us and we are afraid that whatever it is, it will not make us happy.

“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).

Take Rejection as a Lesson and Preparation For The Future

Rejection is always painful. Whenever we fail at something or get turned down, we tend to get discouraged. We start to give up on ourselves. Instead of giving up and feeling like a failure whenever something does not go the way that you want it to, take that as a lesson to be learned. Learn from the things that do not work out and figure out what you can do differently or how you can better prepare yourself for the future. God uses every situation in our lives for good. Even when we do not realize it, he is working in our favor, everything happens for a reason, even when we have no idea what that reason is, it will always work out for the better. Trust God and what he is doing in your life. He will not disappoint.

Everything Happens In His Timing

“For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.” Habakkuk 2:3 ESV

God is not making you wait just for fun. He has a plan and he will see it through when the time is right. God’s timing is always perfect. We stress about things working out and constantly wonder when we will find our purpose and when things will come together, but God will bring those things to us when the time is right.

Trust in the Lord and in his timing. He will reveal his purpose for you at the right time. Do not stress. He’s got this.

Grand Canyon University is committed to following the Lord in all circumstances. If you would like to learn more about GCU’s Christian identity and heritage or would like to read more devotionals please visit our website and check out the GCU Blog.

About Kennedy Lane
Professional Writing Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Kennedy Lane is a Junior at Grand Canyon University and currently studying professional writing with a minor in business. She aspires to combine her love for writing and editing into a job in the journalism or publishing industry. In her free time, you can find writing at a local coffee shop while sipping on a latte or laughing with her friends. She believes that everyone can be creative and has something to offer the world.

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