Identified in my Today… Purposed for my Tomorrow Part II
Purposed woman, Satan often attempts to release demonic strategies to cause us to forsake or lose faith in the truth of God’s Word, but he has no authority or power over purpose. Often, we allow the blows of life, poor decision-making, and Satan’s schemes to plunge us into a hole of depression and hopelessness. We follow that course, not realizing there are certain things God has allowed Satan to do, things that will actually thrust us into the purpose God has for us, if we do not submit and give in to the tactics of the enemy. Anything that Satan does concerning us must be approved by God, which affirms the limitations of Satan’s power and proves that God is in full control. God has plans of good, not evil, that will lead to His expected end for us. Consider the accounts of Job. One day the angels came to present themselves to the Lord and Satan also came with them. The Lord said to Satan, “Where have you been?” Satan answered, “Roaming the earth going back and forth in it.” The Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.” (Job 1:6-8) This conversation between Satan and the Lord reveals the limited influence Satan has over God’s people! Satan was permitted to release some destructive forces in Job’s life by God, yet God had good plans for Job. We see how His magnificent plan unfolds concerning Job as he continues to walk with God in faith. In the end, he sees the greater glory of God in his life as He is lavished with God’s blessing.
So often, like Job, we cannot understand or even imagine why God would allow certain things to occur in our lives. We cry out to God, “Not my will, but thy will,” and “use me, Lord.” But when adversity comes, we are quick to rebuke the assignment, without considering that it could be a God-approved test or challenge that is His will and perhaps preparation for a much grander picture that will bring glory to God. In the process of our faith and diligence, He will be glorified, and we will receive His richest blessings and rewards if we “faint not.” Our faith sometimes wanes, and we forget the awesomeness and sovereignty of God. We must realistically attend to our human part but learn to quickly resort to the mindset of Job who said, “The Lord gives and the Lord takes away; may the name of the Lord be praised”. In the midst of it all, Job was saying that despite everything that was transpiring in his life, God was still worthy! Job was not calling out the name of God because of what he had or understood. He probably didn’t understand much at that time. He worshipped God for His sovereignty. In the end, Job’s outward identity before men was transformed to line up with his God-ordained destiny, proving that identity can often look contrary to destiny, but in the hands of God, it is beautified.