Last updated 8th March 2022
Biblical stories about purpose, moral lessons, and bible verses about purpose.
There’s a reason why you’re here, a purpose for which you were made. God didn’t create you by chance, he did it intentionally for a specific reason. Jeremiah 1:5 said:
Before i formed thee in the belly in knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb i sanctified thee, and i ordained thee a prophet unto the nations. Jeremiah 1:5
We are all called to fulfill a specific purpose. You might not be called to be a prophet but there’s definitely something you’re called for. God made every individual in their unique fashion for a reason. Even the principalities and powers were made for a reason (Colossians 1:6).
As cruel as pharaoh was to the children of Israel, God said he raised him for that purpose, that he may show his power and glory through him to the entire world. Exodus 9:6.
What Is The Meaning Of Purpose?
Purpose in a general context means the reason for which something is done in a particular way. An object to be reached, a target, an aim, or a goal.
Biblical Meaning of Purpose
Purpose means the reason for which you were originally designed by God. The reason for your very existence.
Some Biblical Stories about Purpose
There are several biblical stories about purpose but we’ll be looking at a few of them and the moral lessons.
David was a young man who was forgotten and was regarded as a shepherd boy. He was regarded as the least in the family. That’s why when the prophet Samuel was sent to anoint one of the sons of Jesse in 1 Samuel 16:1-13, he was not called.
David was not called and was only remembered because God rejected all seven of his elder brothers. In order words he was regarded as a mere shepherd boy who will probably die a shepherd.
David’s father and brothers probably didn’t see the qualities of a king in his life so there was just no need calling him. But what they didn’t know was that God does not judge by the appearance but the heart because he knows content of the heart. That’s why true beauty is on the inside and not the outside. They did not know that David was a special child who was destined to be king over the nation of Israel.
Being a shepherd boy was just a starting point for him, God was preparing him to lead his people. God’s purpose for your life will be fulfilled irrespective of what anyone thinks or says about you.
Despite that he was looked down and belittled but God singled him out and did many great works through him, and this same David became the first and only man God called a man after his own heart in the whole of the bible.
Now after anointing him another trouble emerged. His master was after his life because he knew there was grace on him to become the next king of Israel instead of his son. David was on the run for his life, wandering from cave to cave and so on. All of these different situations tried to prevent him, but God’s purpose for his life still prevailed against all of them.
Joseph was hated and despised by his own brothers because God had showed him his future in his dreams. He was almost killed but later sold to a strange land, Genesis 37:20-36.
Then yet another trouble came when the wife of Potiphar his master tried to make him sleep with her, but when he refused after so many attempts she framed him up and lied that he tried to force himself on her. Then Joseph was sent to prison for a crime he didn’t commit. Genesis 39:10-20.
Ordinarily, one should have gotten tired of life after all of this trouble but Joseph was one man who knew his God and refused to compromise his faith because of a mundane pleasure. And God was with him, even in the prison. All of these troubles were just pushing him closer to his purpose, and from that prison he got to his palace.
So it doesn’t matter what you’re going through right now, God has a plan for you. Believe and follow his timing because it is only in his own time that he will make everything beautiful. Ecclesiastes 3:11
Gideon was a man who didn’t believe in himself. When the angel of the Lord told him that he was going to destroy the Midianites, he asked how possible it would be. Because he felt his family was poor, in fact the poorest in his clan and he was the least person in father’s house. Judges 6:12-15
Despite what he thought of the position of his father’s house in his clan and his position in his father’s house God chose him to destroy the Midianites. God had predestined him for greatness so it didn’t matter what he thought of himself and his family.
God’s purpose for your life is not restricted or limited to your family background or your strength. Whether you’re from a wealthy family, strong or weak, fat or slim, tall or short, black or white, it doesn’t matter. Each person fits his/her own unique purpose.
You were made for a reason, you didn’t accidentally appeared on earth. You were made this way for a reason. If you’re still unsure about your purpose prayerfully seek the face God. Let the Holy Spirit help you because he is the revealer.
David was regarded as a shepherd boy but God intended him for a king. Gideon belittled himself but God intended him for a savior. Joseph was almost killed and letter sold and went to prison but ended up in the palace of the strongest and greatest king of his time. God has purposed you for greatness.
– Your purpose in life is not limited to your background, strength, race, sex etc. In fact he chooses the unqualified and makes them qualified. He chooses the weak that he might show forth his strength through them.
– Things don’t just happen in the lives of his children. Everything happens for a reason. Events, situations everything is for a specific purpose, even the bad times.
– God is the Potter and we are the clay. He makes every individual in the fashion he wants and gives them purposes according to his grace upon each individual.
21 powerful Bible Verses About Purpose
Ecclesiastes 3:1 – To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
Proverbs 19:21 – Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.
Isaiah 46:10 – I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, ’My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.’
Acts 13:36 – “Now when David had served God’s purpose in his own generation, he fell asleep; he was buried with his ancestors and his body decayed.
Colossians 1:16 – for in him were all things created, in the heavens and upon the earth, things visible and things invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers; all things have been created through him, and unto him;
Jeremiah 1:5 – “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”
Jeremiah 29:11 – For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Jeremiah 32:19 – great are your purposes and mighty are your deeds. Your eyes are open to the ways of all mankind; you reward each person according to their conduct and as their deeds deserve.
Job 42:2 – “I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted.
Proverbs 16:4 – The LORD works out everything to its proper end — even the wicked for a day of disaster.
Proverbs 20:5 – The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters, but one who has insight draws them out.
Psalms 33:11 – But the plans of the LORD stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations.
Romans 8:28 – And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
Ephesians 2:10 – For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
Ecclesiastes 12:13 – After all this, there is only one thing to say: Have reverence for God, and obey his commands, because this is all that we were created for.
Matthew 28:18-20 – Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
Matthew 28:19 – Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
Matthew 28:20 – and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Romans 9:17 – For Scripture says to Pharaoh: “I raised you up for this very purpose, that I might display my power in you and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.”
Philippians 2:13 – for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.
Isaiah 55:11 – so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
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