Purpose or plan?

I remember what one teacher who inspired me with so much wisdom said,
God doesn’t have a plan for your life, He has a purpose.

God enjoys the journey as much as He enjoys the destiny in your life. The journey that God has you on is actually an internal journey in which you are growing and the kingdom is growing within you. It is not so much where you go but what is taking place while you are on the journey that God is concerned about.” (Kris Vallotton)

I am reminded that I have this verse tattooed on my back for me to never forget. Throughout my years of journeying with God this verse becomes etched deeper into my core and every time it slowly transforms almost like a 3d vision in my soul, makes the perspective come alive in a deeper way.
“For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill HIS GOOD PURPOSE.”
(philippians 2:13)

You can be anywhere in the world doing something you love to do or loathing where you are questioning what you are doing. What I am learning is that He does not have a one way plan but He has a purpose for everything that is happening in your life and where God places you. You may have an amazing prophecy about you doing what you dream of doing but find yourself in a situation that is far from what was spoken. It does not mean it will not happen just because you do not see it. God has a purpose for where you are now in order for you to make it to where you are supposed to go and build your resilience to finish well. There is a lot of inside job that happens when you move in the unseen and it is for your own good. Faith is believing in what is not seen. Hebrews 11 in the bible is a summary of individuals who God used mightily for His purpose but chose to live life trusting the direction from an unseen God because they know that following Him was the purpose for which they were made for.

The thing about us human beings is that we like to figure everything out. We like to have our whole journey mapped out up to the slightest detail. Then when things fall out of plan we get disappointed, discouraged or give up. While those reactions are valid, I think it has a lot to do with the way we think and the way our hearts are postured. In the bible it says, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (isaiah 55:8-9)

There is no one way to get to your destination. You can have hundreds of plans but whether you take the wrong turn or made decisions that caused delays, God is sovereign enough to turn that all around for His good purpose. It is a lot like having a GPS, when you wind up in the wrong direction it automatically re-routes you so you can go back on track. He does not lead you astray. He may lead you in a way that defies all logic and human understanding but His heart towards you is to give you a future and a hope. His purpose is the journey, not just the destination. Its in the journey that you actually get to live life to the fullest, walking hand in hand with the God of love who gives you grace and mercy way more than you think you deserve. He does not map out or tell you everything all at once. He gives you a choice but you get to choose better when you know who He is and what He really is about.

God is for you and He loves you. You may fall down, you may get lost or you may feel stuck but those reasons will not ever change the truth that God is always on your side. He can redeem lost direction or even lost time. Having a relationship with Him matters because if you want to live a life of purpose you need to learn how to hear the voice of love, of a Savior, of Jesus Christ. A love that 2000 years ago died for you so you can walk in the fullness of your life and live it well.

When you are on God’s side, you are always on the side of victory. Life can be filled with challenges but because you choose a life by His side, you always win. You are born to win for His glory and purpose.