Does God Have A Purpose?

August 6, 2018
by Martin Wiles

Isaiah 46:10b – Everything I plan will come to pass, for I do whatever I wish. (NLT)

The stories flooded in, and I couldn't help but wonder what God's purpose was.

A young man who struggled with epilepsy and other physical issues for his entire life dies in his sleep while having an epileptic episode. His mother finds him the next morning after he didn't show up for breakfast. Her life is changed forever.

Another young man dies in his sleep after having an asthmatic attack. This happens to be drug induced — a struggle he battled. His family now struggles to make sense of what happened and how such a wonderful young man could be gone forever.

A young mother and wife attends a youth rally as a counsellor. Something happened. Now she calls herself by another name, wants a divorce, and exhibits all types of strange behaviour. Her family is devastated.

As I listen to these and other stories, I normally hear another statement — "God has a purpose for everything" — a statement that gives the person comfort and helps them to work through their time of grief and confusion. But it is also a statement that turns some away from God. They ask, "Why would a good God allow such terrible things to happen?"

If everything God plans will come to pass as He decrees — if He does whatever He wishes — then how can I ever hope to understand … and what part, if any, do I play in His grand scheme of things?

Without a doubt, the Bible reveals God's decrees — His purposes. The Bible also reveals that God has a perfect and a permissive will. He decreed the world into existence and populated it with humans, animals, and plant and marine life. Within His decree for a perfect world where people would worship Him was the allowance for evil. He didn't create evil but rather allowed the possibility of it. Lucifer — along with many angels who chose to follow him — obliged with the evil, and influenced humanity to follow their course.

God permits because He has given human beings free will. With it, we can choose to serve Him or cast Him aside. Even when things happen within His permissive will — the bad things that we hear about daily — He can and will work good from them. He's a good God, and all His purposes match His character.

Regardless of what circumstances we confront, let us believe that God will bring good from them.

Prayer: Father, we thank You for Your matchless power that can take evil and bring good from it. We trust You to work out Your purposes for our lives. Amen.

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Martin Wiles <mandmwiles@gmail.com>
Greenwood, South Carolina, USA

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thank you for God’s words of comfort and hope.


    Thank you, Martin. I do so enjoy the devotionals you share with us.
    God bless you!


    Thank you, Martin, for sharing this devotional that points us to the source of problems as well as the solution found through Christ Jesus. Blessings.


    Hi Martin,
    Yes indeed, we can believe in Jesus or not, the choice is ours.
    Thank you for writing.


    Thank you very much for explaining God’s will in today’s devotional.
    I’ve often struggled to explain it to atheists and even other Christians. But here, you have explained it so well. Now it makes sense to me. I believe this question is one that most, if not all people, need to come to terms with. Thank you again.


    DEAR MARTIN WILES,
    Let us pray that God will bind Satan and bring this woman and her family back into line with God’s will and way.
    Yes, Amen to your prayer given to us.
    Keep writing and praying. I’m with you.

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