“… I have purposed it; I will also do it.” Isaiah 46:11
The purpose is the reason why something is done or why something is created. The purpose can give motivation to the action required to accomplish a matter.
When God acts, He acts with purpose. God doesn’t do anything unless there is a reason. To act otherwise, would be to waste time, energy, and resources. When God has determined what He will do based on a purpose He intends to accomplish, there isn’t anyone or anything that can stop Him.
God said concerning Pharaoh, “For this purpose I have raised you up, that I may show My power in you, and that My name may be declared in all the earth.” Romans 9:17 God had purpose, even in opposition.
As human beings, we also can set purpose, but because we are limited, other people or circumstances can bring to a halt to what we purpose to do. We are under the authority of others – a parent, a government, an employer, a teacher, or other leaders, and they could stop us. There could be others who are stronger or larger in number than us. For example, if we are voting for a candidate in an election and the other candidate gets more votes, the person we purposed to elect would not get that opportunity.
However, God is the highest authority. God is stronger than any other power. When God has a purpose and works to accomplish that purpose, no one can stop Him. “For the LORD of hosts has purposed, and who will annul it? His hand is stretched out, and who will turn it back (Isaiah 14:17)?” Whatever God intends to do in our life, our family, our business, and our ministry; it will be done – not based on us, but based on HIM. “The LORD of hosts has sworn, saying, ‘Surely, as I have thought, so it shall come to pass, and as I have purposed, so it shall stand (Isaiah 14:24).” Even in times of trouble, where we don’t understand why things don’t seem to line up, we can have faith that God will turn it around and accomplish what He desires. “I know that You can do everything, and that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from You (Job 42:2).” Even when there is opposition, the opposition can be part of His plan, even the ones who put Jesus to death, saying of them, “to do whatever Your hand and Your purpose determined to be done (Acts 4:28).” God is in control!
Application: Perhaps you are in a situation that seems difficult. It doesn’t mean God desired it or created it. It does mean that we can trust God that He will accomplish His purpose in us no matter what we go through.