The philosopher Martin Heidegger believes that “we are all thrown into the world without our choosing to be in the world. Consequently, we meet so many absurdities in the world, so we are therefore compelled to assign meaning to our being in the world. ” This orientation or line of thought deliberately ignores the origin of man, the origin of the world and how and why man found himself in the world. That man is not the creator and originator of himself. Therefore, man owes his being to the activities of the Creator or the Originator who accounts for his being and that of the world he lives. Dear friends, there is no producer who produces valuable products without value; there is no conscious creation without intention, no creature without purpose and meaning in the mind of the creator. Ephesians 1:4 declares that there is a purpose and mission for our existence. “Just as he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before him in love.” The word of God testifies that ‘we are wonderfully made.’ (Psalm 139:14) We were not just thrown into the world randomly but we were positioned in the world purposefully.
My coming into the world might be through what people considered as ‘mistaken or unwanted pregnancy’ but I am not a mistake in the mind of God my Creator. I once asked a young secondary school student, ‘what is your plan for the future?’ in reply he said to me, ‘that question is not properly arranged’ I said ‘how?’ The student said, ‘the right question should be what God’s plan is for you?’ Or better still, ‘have you discovered God’s plan for you?’ In Luke 4:18-20, Jesus declares his mission, child of God you have a mission and purpose in this world. You are not an accident. The greatest deception that we could fall into, is to believe and to accept that God has no plan and mission for us. We do not need to assign meaning, value and purpose to our lives rather we need to freely choose to discover and live out God’s purpose and values thereby fulfilling the meaning of our existence in the world.
Let us conclude with the words of Fulton Sheen, “Is life worth living, or is it dull and monotonous? Life is monotonous if it has no goal or purpose. When we do not know why we are here or where we are going, then life is full of frustrations and unhappiness. ”
- Thank God for today’s reflection.
- Pray for mercy for the times you lived without recourse to God’s purpose.
- Pray against every force working against God’s plan for you.
- Pray that God will enable you to live your daily life in accordance with His will and purpose for you.
- Pray that everything God has planned for you and your family must come to pass in the Name of Jesus.
Exercise: Always seek to do the will of God in all your actions and plans.
Memory Verse: Jeremiah 29:11