Wednesday, January 20, 2010

God never wastes anything

Everyday I receive an email from Rick Warren's Purpose Driven Devotional series. Sometimes the topic is relevant to what's going on in my life, sometimes it's not. Then there are those times where I feel like Mr. Warren is stalking me and has written the day's devotional especially for me. Oh how the Lord works in mysterious ways! The one I received today is called "Ministry: Shaped to Serve". Lately I've been feeling very uncertain about my college major and feel like God is planting a seed in me to go in a different direction. Not necessarily a different career entirely, just a different major. After reading today's email I was overjoyed and completely comforted. :o)

Your hands shaped me and made me. Job 10:8 (NIV)

God deliberately shaped and formed you to serve him in a way that makes your ministry unique. He carefully mixed the DNA recipe that created you. David praised God for this incredible personal attention to detail God gave in designing each of us: "You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother's womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous" (Psalm 139:13-14, NLT).

Not only did God shape you before your birth, he planned every day of your life to support his shaping process. David continues, "Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed" (Psalm 139:16, NLT). This means nothing that happens in your life is insignificant. God uses all of it to mold you for your ministry to others, and shape you for your service to him.

God never wastes anything. He would not give you abilities, interests, talents, gifts, personality, and life experiences unless he intended to use them for his glory. By identifying and understanding these factors you can discover God's will for your life. The Bible says you are "wonderfully complex." You're a combination of many different factors: "The people I have shaped for myself will broadcast my praises." (Isaiah 43:21, NJB)

1 comment:

Anna Baur said...

that's really awesome!

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