Isaiah 43:21, “This people I have formed for myself; they shall declare my praise.”
Not one of us is here on this earth by chance. God has purpose for our existence. He created and formed us for Himself. More than that – He loved us. Even more than that – He redeemed us. And He has called us and chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world. (Isaiah 43:1,4,7; 44:1,2,22,23; Ephesians 1:4; 2:10; 1 Timothy 1:9) When we understand this truth, there is no room for disillusionment or discontentment with life. It is the enemy of our souls who tells us that we are “good for nothing” or that life is not worth living.
Let’s continue looking at the specific things for which God has created us…
2. We have been created for God Himself.
We were not created for our own pleasure but for God’s pleasure. Revelation 4:11 tells us that everything thing that God created was created for His pleasure. That includes us! We are the work of God’s hands. (Isaiah 60:21) The J.B. Phillip’s translation of 2 Corinthians 6:19 reminds us, “You are not the owner of your body.”
This takes a lot of the frustration out of life. We understand our purpose. We are not here to live for ourselves but to bring pleasure and delight to the One who created us. What greater purpose could we find in life than to please our Creator and Redeemer? The Westminster Shorter Catechism says, “Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy Him forever.” *
When you wake in the morning, tell God, “Lord, I thank you that you created me for your pleasure. Here I am, Lord. I am available to serve you today. I want my life to bring pleasure to you.” This purpose affects every moment and every aspect of our lives. As you bring pleasure to your husband and your family in your home, you will also pleasure to the One who created you for this task.
God calls our children the work of His hands too, and it is important to remember that they also were born for His pleasure. Isaiah 29:23 says, “For when he sees his children, the work of my hands, in his midst, they will sanctify my name… and will stand in awe of the God of Israel.” Only God can create a life, each one different than anyone else who has ever lived, each one with a different personality and gifts. When we see each one of our children growing in the Lord and honoring Him, it causes us to praise and stand in awe of Him. Every newborn baby is the exquisite work of God’s hands and renews the face of the earth with the presence of God. (Psalm 139:13-16; 104:30)
The Living Bible and the New Living Translation give an interesting light on this Scripture, “When they see the surging birth rate and the expanding economy, then they will fear and rejoice in my name… and stand in awe of Him.”
Love from NANCY CAMPBELL
“Oh Lord, help me to become more and more aware of the glorious truth that I am created for your pleasure. You created me for your enjoyment and fellowship. Please help me to bring joy to you in every aspect of my life, in my home and in my relationships. Amen.”
I am created for God’s pleasure!