November 27, 2018

12 Big Ideas on God’s Purpose

Written by Shana Schutte

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – November 27, 2018

I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted.  Job 42:2

During the day, little thoughts I believe are gifts from the Lord often flit through my mind.

These thoughts are mainly about purpose, faith, relationships and life challenges, and primarily come from what I learn in Scripture and my life experiences. They often find their way onto Facebook, and sometimes into my journal, a blog, devotional, or article.

Some time ago, I printed out all the thoughts I have posted on Facebook for the last several years and discovered that no less than 357 pages of them have flitted through my mind since 2011. Today, I’d like to share 12 quotes I recently re-read on purpose, from my 357 pages. I hope you are encouraged and reminded that the Lord is with you in the purposes He has for you.

  1. Just because you are in God’s will doesn’t mean you won’t feel fear. Following God may require that we act in the face of fear. In Nehemiah 2:2, Nehemiah said, “I was very much afraid.”

  2. Self-reliance rooted in unbelief will cause one to dismiss opportunities to move in their purpose and see God at work. When faced with a seemingly impossible situation, the self-reliant person will say, “That can’t be done!” but the God-reliant person will say, “With God all things are possible. Let’s pray!”

  3. I would rather be wrong about what God wants to do through me and act in faith, than not act out of fear and unbelief.

  4. When what you want is bigger than what you fear, you will go after your passion in the face of fear. Your passion—coupled with faith—will always trump fear.

  5. What you can do in your own strength is only the beginning of how God can use you for His glory. Can you imagine what He could do through you if you would allow Him to stretch you outside your comfort zone?

  6. Everything grows from a seed. Don’t despise small beginnings.

  7. God’s glory is shown by what you can’t do in your own strength. He won’t allow you to get the glory by being self-sufficient. He wants you to be God dependent.

  8. There is usually preparation in private before one’s purpose becomes public.

  9. Your inability to control your own purpose is God’s opportunity to show His sovereignty and power so your faith will grow.

  10. The good is often the enemy of the best. Beware of perfectly-timed distractions when you are moving toward God’s plan for your life.

  11. Ignore any voice that tries to shut you up, stop you, discourage you, hinder you, distract you, or criticize you out of what God has called you to.

  12. When you fall down, get back up. When you fall down, get back up. When you fall down again, get back up, get back up, get back up.

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10).


Lord, thank you that you are with me in the purposes you have created for me to accomplish. I can because you have said I can. I love you, Jesus. Amen.


Choose your favorite thought from above and write down why it speaks to you. Then, talk with the Lord about it.

Related Reading

1 Corinthians 10:31; Ecclesiastes 3:1; Colossians 1:16

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  1. Gwynne says:

    Dear Deb,
    Thank you so much for sharing Shana’s devotional, “12 Big Ideas on God’s Purpose” with others. We are always so grateful when the devotionals are shared with others. We hope you have a wonderful Christmas. As we approach this precious season of our celebrating our Lord’s birth, we rejoice in the gift He has given us all.
    Blessings to you and yours,
    “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
    Ephesians 2:10

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