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Set Apart for a Purpose

‘Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart’
Jeremiah 1:5

The weather where I live in East Texas can change quickly. Sometimes the changes occur before we are ready for them. That happened to a man named Casey Wagner while he was at an off-road racing competition near Dallas.

When a thunderstorm suddenly blew in, Casey ran for shelter under a nearby tree. Bad decision. Lightning struck the tree- and Casey. He fell to the ground, and immediately a second strike hit him.

Amazingly, Casey survived the double strike and only spent 18 hours in the hospital. After his release, he said in an interview he believes the reason he’s alive today is because God still has a purpose for him. Wise man!

God is all about purpose. Generally speaking, His purpose is to redeem and restore humanity. When our redemption is accomplished, God has a unique purpose designed for each of us individually. Finding His purpose gives meaning to our lives. 

Before I knew Christ, I recall wondering Is this all there is to life? Everything I expected to be satisfying fell disappointingly short. Then I became a Christian and learned about God’s intentions for me.

The Lord said in Jeremiah 1:5, ‘Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart.’ Jeremiah’s life was no accident, and God had plans for him. He has plans for you and for me that are better than our own, plans that bring fulfillment and contentment.

Father, thank You for Your unique purpose for each of our lives.


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