WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 31
“So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of His purpose, He guaranteed it with an oath,”
Hebrews 6:17 ESV
ANCHOR OF HIS PURPOSES
An older couple had trouble remembering common, day-to-day things. They both decided that they would write down requests the other had, and so try to avoid forgetting. One evening the wife asked if the husband would like anything. He replied, “Yes. I’d like a large ice-cream sundae with chocolate ice cream, whipped cream and a cherry on top.” The wife started off for the kitchen and the husband shouted after her, “Aren’t you going to write it down?” “Don’t be silly,” she hollered back, “I’m going to fix it right now. I won’t forget.”
She was gone for quite some time. When she finally returned, she set down in front of him a large plate of hash browns, eggs, bacon, and a glass of orange juice. He took a look and said, “I knew you should have written it down! You forgot the toast!” (www.bible.org)
Most of us know the feeling of walking into the kitchen or another room and immediately forgetting why we came in the room to begin with. Well, God doesn’t know that feeling. God has never forgotten “the why.” One of the reassuring anchors of Hebrews 6 was “the unchangeable character of His purpose.” God has a purpose in creating each and every one of us. Don’t allow the storms of life to persuade you that God has forgotten about you, doesn’t care about you or that He’s lost control.
In Isaiah 46:9-11, God says, “For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like Me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things which have not been done, saying, ‘My purpose will be established, and I will accomplish all My good pleasure’; calling a bird of prey from the east, the man of My purpose from a far country. Truly I have spoken; truly I will bring it to pass. I have planned it, surely I will do it.”
The reality is that God doesn’t forget or change His purposes but we sometimes forget. We are tempted to forget who God is and how powerful, wise and loving God is. Jesus said that He came to seek and to save that which was lost. That means He came to seek and to save you and me. Thank God for His saving purpose in your life. Thank God that He has a plan to use you. Ask Him to show you or remind you of that purpose today.