Trusting God’s Purpose
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Trusting God’s Purpose

July 17, 2023

Trusting God’s Purpose

“Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God…Noah did everything just as God commanded him.” Genesis 6:9, 22

Like most high school seniors, I disliked being asked about my future plans. The idea of deciding the purpose for the rest of my life was overwhelming. What if I chose wrong or changed my mind? By the time I completed college, I had indeed switched my major before graduating with a nursing degree. Fast forward another two years and God called me in another direction toward ministry. In each instance, God intentionally called me to a different purpose, because with each purpose he stretched and grew my faith.

In different phases of life God calls us to different things. Sometimes we clearly understand the purpose he has for us and other times the path is murky. No matter the situation, we can trust that God has a unique purpose for each of us. But living into that purpose takes trust and obedience. Noah is a prime example.

In Genesis 6 God tells Noah to build an ark. He gave specific instructions for the project, but he didn’t immediately give the reason. He first calls Noah to his purpose and asks for his obedience. Like Noah, we may not always know why God is calling us to something, and we may not understand the purpose of our current situations. Yet, we can trust that God’s purpose for us is intentional and good even when we don’t see the full picture.

A few verses later, God finally tells Noah why he needs to build the ark. He explains that a flood will wipe out the entire earth except for Noah and his family. I can only imagine Noah’s reaction to that news. Perhaps he was overwhelmed at the enormity of his task. Maybe he felt unworthy. Perhaps he even wondered if God had given the task to the right man.

Yet, despite any fears or questions Genesis 6:22 says that Noah obeyed. He accepted God’s purpose for him and proceeded with building the ark. Although the exact length of time it took is debated, it is likely that it took many years for the ark to be complete. That’s years of acting in obedience to the purpose God had given him. Years of trusting that although his neighbors mocked him and the project seemed pointless, God would keep his promise. Years of faithfully walking with God.

Like Noah, God has a unique purpose for each of us. Sometimes the why is clear and quick and other times it is vague and requires years of faithful obedience. Whatever the case, may the story of Noah strengthen and encourage us to continue walking with God.

Take a moment to reflect. What purpose is God calling you to? Where in your life is God asking you to walk in obedience? If you feel like you can’t see God’s purpose for you, ask him to open your eyes to the ways he is moving.

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, We thank you for giving each of us a unique purpose. Open our eyes to see what that purpose is. Give us the faith to say yes like Noah did and walk obediently with you. When your purpose for us is overwhelming, give us strength. Remind us that your promises are true and you are with us every step of the way. We pray this in your son’s name, Amen.

Blessings in your week,

Makalah Scholten
Spiritual Care Coordinator

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