“We have no conception of what God is aiming at, and as we go on it gets more and more vague. God’s aim looks like missing the mark because are too shortsighted to see what He is aiming at. At the beginning of the Christian life was have our own ideas as to what God’s purpose is–‘I am meant to go here or there;’…and we go and do the thing, and still the big compelling of God remains. The work we do is of no account, it is so much scaffolding compared with the big compelling of God.” -Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest, August 3
I am guilty of this. I thought when I first came back to Christ, “This is my purpose,” and “God wants me to do this.” I could see all the scaffolding over the previous 40 years. As I go on, I question my purpose. I’m not able to comprehend how all the pieces fit together. He has given me such a variety of experiences, exposed me to so many different people and cultures, so many industries and avenues to do good works.
Then I realize the good works are “dirty rags” and go back to questioning my purpose. In the end it is such a quilt–a multi-colored, elaborate quilt–that I can do nothing to plan its ultimate completion. I just have to depend on Him to guide me and walk through the doors He opens.
10 On that day the root of Jesse
will stand as a banner for the peoples.
The nations will look to him for guidance,
and his resting place will be glorious.
A Jesus prophecy. Interesting to call it ” the root of Jesse” when the connection is so commonly made through David.
It was commonly thought by the Jews that the Messiah would come as a conqueror in the physical sense, but Jesus wasn’t that. How much more important is the spiritual part of us than the physical? Earth is Satan’s domain, we must separate ourselves from it but still be here. How very difficult!