"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future" - Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV).
When Moses was born he had been created for a purpose- to liberate the Israelites from the bondage they suffered then lost in Egypt. Yet there was an enemy who wanted to steal that purpose. There was a purge against Hebrew boys, so his mother, "hid him for three months. But when she could hide him no longer, she got a papyrus basket for him and coated it with tar and pitch.Then she placed the child in it and put it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile" (Exodus 2:3-4).
Later, down the stream, Pharaoh's daughter saw the concealed baby, lifted him out of the basket and turning to her maid said, "Take this baby and nurse him for me, and I will pay you.” So the woman took the baby and nursed him. When the child grew older, she took him to Pharaoh’s daughter and he became her son. She named him Moses, saying, “I drew him out of the water" (vv 9-10).
Moses is just one of countless other cases we find of one created for a purpose yet the enemy wanted to thwart it. Joseph's brothers sought to kill him yet he ended up rescuing them (Genesis 37). Herod wanted to kill baby Jesus only for his plot to fall apart when the the three wise men were led on a different route (Mathew 2:1-8). God saved all and others to carry out His purpose.
As our leading verse today shows no life is without a purpose from the moment of creation. Do you know your purpose in life? Not only that, are you aware from day one that there is an enemy who has since been trying to steal that purpose! But yet you are here, roaring on, full steam. May you find or carry on that purpose, for that is the reason for your creation.
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, you who created and saved me for a purpose, I pray that I may find and carry it out successfully to your glory, this I pray in Jesus's name!
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“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God”- (Philippians 4:6).
Perhaps you have heard of a certain old magical trade known as mind reading. According to this trade which has been around for millenniums and has its share of tricksters, mind readers are able to discern thought patterns of individuals before they even utter a word. There are places in the world where this, as expected, is a lucrative occupation, with practitioners, often crafty magicians, demanding hefty fees, just to tell thoughts of others.
As Christians, of course, we have an all knowing God, who has said, “Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him” ( Mathew 6:8). Further, our Lord has pointed out, “And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words” ( Mathew 6:7). As Christians when we come to God, we do so with full confidence, that He already knows our needs and will meet them according to his glorious riches in heaven.
Of particular interest for us here is that while God perfectly knows our needs before we even dare utter a single word, still it is incumbent upon us to make our requests known to Him. A parent may have long noticed a child has a need for a new pair of shoes; but it is another dimension, when the child does come out and share aloud that his pair is worn out, hurting and is quite in need of a new one. The parent takes notice, especially when the matter is presented with such conviction and urgency. This is why Hannah cried out to God for a child ( 1 Samuel 1:9-18).
In our relationship with God, as the Apostle Paul advises us, it is not just enough to assume and let matters be, that after all God knows all our needs, but we too bear a responsibility to make our requests known to Him. Once we are done with that, we let God do His part, allowing “the peace of God, which transcends all understanding” ( Philippians 4:7) to flood us.
So, today, do not hold back your needs from the Almighty God. He has paved the way to walk to Him through His son Jesus Christ, to present your case, bear out your heart’s desire, and let Him do His part!
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I rise to make my requests known to you, knowing you have heard me even before I utter a single word, assured that you will meet each and every one of my needs, according to your glorious riches in heaven!