“The Lord will fulfill His purpose for me…” Psalm 138:8a (ESV)
Have you ever struggled with carrying out God’s specific calling on your life? Have you questioned what God could have possibly been thinking by placing you in such a position? Recently, I was voted in as a member of our Church’s youth committee. In my opinion, there were many other parents far better qualified to serve on this committee. And, to be honest, I wanted to focus on other areas of service that I enjoyed more.
Realizing the apprehension I was experiencing, a friend asked if I intended to decline the position. I explained to her that I thought it would cause great discouragement to the parents of an already-struggling ministry. I had to trust God’s providence in allowing me to be voted in.
As the date for the first committee meeting approached, one of my Bible memory verses was Psalm 138:8 (ESV): “The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.”
As I meditated on this verse, God gradually began to work His will into my heart. Eventually, He provided the conviction that if He sovereignly allowed me to be voted in, He had a purpose for me on this committee. Mediating on His Word gave me the ability to anticipate that He would do as He had said. He would fulfill His purpose for me as I agreed to serve with a heart that proclaims, “Not my will but yours, Oh, Lord, be done.”
Father, enable me to want what You want and to do what Your will is, according to Your purposes for me in every area of my life. Amen.
If you are struggling against where God has placed you to serve, recognize that it’s your will against His. Ask Him to work in you, so that you will be aligned with His purpose (Philippians 2:13).