Proverbs 19:20-21: “Get all the advice and instruction you can, so you will be wise the rest of your life. You can make many plans, but the Lord’s purpose will prevail.”

My husband likes to make an informed decision, which is why he typically takes his sweet time investigating. His research of pros and cons (which he calls “vetting”) comes before his buying decision.

Buying a product is simple in comparison to making life changing decisions. Do we get married? Are we going to have kids? Should I have this surgery? In fact, life decisions hardly fit the profile of vetting a product, or are we going to google the pros and cons of having children? Are we going to perform a background check for the person we are considering to marry? It’s not like that at all, but still, we will get all the advice we can if we’re smart. We will interview parents about the aspects of raising children, ask our friends what they think about the person we’re dating and regarding the surgery in question we will look for a second medical opinion.

It is wise to seek advice. However, if everything could be figured out by seeking traditional advice then we didn’t need the Lord to guide us through this maze called “life”. After everything is said and done, there is still this X-factor. Life is famous for its surprises.

We sometimes think we know our purpose, or we haven’t even thought about it just yet because we’re so busy making money and paying bills. Whatever the case, here is a gold nugget of truth: the Lord knows each person’s purpose. Here is another nugget: the Lord will do everything in His power for this purpose to come true.

We are all a diamond in the rough. Since diamonds are made of the hardest material in the world, only a diamond can be used to mechanically cut another diamond. Comparatively speaking, the Lord is the diamond who cuts us into shape. It is the Lord’s desire that we shine. We have a place in His kingdom, but we also have a place in this world. There is a reason why we were born. As long or as short our life may be, each life has purpose; it is the Lord’s purpose to uncover it. The greatest tragedy in human life is not an untimely death. It is dying before our purpose has had a chance to materialize.

Let’s not fool ourselves into thinking we have everything figured out. Life remains a mystery. It’s good to stay humbly curious and seek the Lord as we go about our business. Committing our way to the Lord, He is committed to unveil our purpose.

Psalm 37:5: “Entrust your ways to Yahweh. Trust him, and he will act on your behalf.”

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