Certainty of purpose

Wouldn't you be eager to learn more about God if you found that a spiritual understanding of Him reveals His plan for you? As God is infinite, ever-present good, His design for you is inexhaustibly good. Cherishing your relation to God brings His purpose for you to light as certainly as it gives clear direction to thought and action.

You may remember how Paul in the Bible trusted God and God's purpose for him. In the New Testament we read about the sea journey Paul made as a prisoner of Rome (see Acts, chap. 27). The ship was sailing from Crete to Rome when suddenly a storm came up. The other passengers feared the ship would rip apart, but Paul knew that they would reach their destination. He got up and told his fellow travelers:" ... be of good cheer: for there shall be no loss of any man's life among you .... For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve, saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Cæsar" (verses 22–24). Even though the vessel was thrown aground and was "broken with the violence of the waves ... it came to pass, that they escaped all safe to land" (verses 41, 44).

Where did Paul's confidence that he would arrive at his destination come from? It came directly from God. Paul, a follower of Christ Jesus, must have known that stormy seas, fear, and human will can't interfere with God's purpose for man. He must have known that God's will blesses one and all.

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September 25, 1995

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