We have been saved for a sovereign purpose…
Christians are sometimes viewed as outcasts in society especially when we stay true to our calling and when we do not compromise our life standards. The adage really rings true. It is easy to be a Christian but it is very hard to live the Christian life.
Those redeemed by the Lord Jesus Christ have
a sovereign purpose,
and it will take supernatural intervention from God for us to take hold of our special future and live out our life’s purpose – which is to glorify God in our lives.
1. Special future
The scripture passage of Isaiah 43 keeps revealing fresh perspectives and insights about God, His desires and intentions for His people. Indeed, the Lord wants us to know that he has a special future for all of us. You can look this up in verses 18 and 19. God is not yet finished with us. The Lord exhorts us not to be preoccupied with the past failures and successes.
We learn from our failures but we don’t glory in our past successes. Instead the Lord wants us to focus our eyes on what is store for us between now and the days ahead. It requires eyes of faith to look to Him and His Word.
2. Supernatural Intervention
Perhaps, our question is, “How will God do it? One thing is for sure. The Lord will do it His way not ours. Just like what verse 19 tell us: “I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland”. When the Virgin Mary questioned, “How can I bear a child, since I am a virgin?” Remember the words of the angel Gabriel in Luke 1:37, “For nothing is impossible with God”. The Lord knew that this too will be the reaction of Israel as He brings this message to them at that time so He reminded them of His mighty intervention in Egypt when He made a way through the sea to rescue the Israelites from their oppressors.
3. Sovereign Purpose.
Why does the Lord have such a great love and concern for His people? Because He loves us. He declared it in Jeremiah 31:3 that He has loved us with an everlasting love. Then in Ephesians 1:4-5, we read that the Lord revealed to Isaiah the sovereign purpose of why He saved us, and that is…”that they may proclaim my praise.” This fact remains true today. The apostle Peter affirms this purpose: “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His own wonderful light.”
As we embark on living our lives anew, let us remember what God has said in His word. Our God has a special future for us if we believe; and it will happen through His supernatural intervention in order that we may fulfill the sovereign purpose of our live – to declare God’s eternal praise.
This is one of the message delivered by Pastor Val on