be restored in '24: purpose
What is our purpose in life? This is a basic question for any reasonable person. How we answer this question will determine our reactions to a variety of things. It may encourage us toward joy or despair depending on our sense of purpose. Studies have shown that people with a strong sense of purpose have a positive outlook. They have less depression and are generally more engaged in relationships around them. Yet, hanging on to a meaningful purpose is at times difficult. Life is filled with shifts and seasons. Voices in our society tell us that it is all temporary and nothing we do will last. Since nothing is lasting, it cannot give us an enduring purpose. In our series Be Restored in ’24 we conclude this series with the sermon, Purpose, based on Isaiah 55:6-13. God wants to share with everyone, especially his people the power of an eternal purpose. We were created to share our lives with a living God. The people of Isaiah’s time were a lot like us. They were struggling to find their way. The problems of their nation and lives were confusing and they felt so empty and lost. God offers them new hope and strength! God’s voice through Isaiah helped them to see that they were counting on all the wrong things to guide them and strengthen them. God invites them to reclaim his purpose for their lives and find an enduring joy that would strengthen them. We pray that you will experience the joy of the Lord as you find your purpose in this eternal relationship with our Savior, Jesus Christ.
Isaiah 55:6-13 Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near. 7 Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts. Let them turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will freely pardon. 8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. 9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. 10 As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, 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. 12 You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands. 13 Instead of the thornbush will grow the juniper, and instead of briers the myrtle will grow. This will be for the LORD’s renown, for an everlasting sign, that will endure forever.” (NIV)