Written By: Julie-Ann Sanderson
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. – Romans 8:28-29
How many times have you heard “What’s the use?” or “There’s no point in trying” and other similar phrases? The main reason people say things like this is that they have lost hope – their sense of purpose. They are at their wits end because they have no idea of what to do next if anything at all.
People who feel this way only look at the here and now. They only see what is happening in the present and what has happened in the past. It is a plea for help when they finally express verbally how lost and uncertain they are.
When you hear someone say “There is no point?”, how do you feel? As Christians, our automatic response should be that there is a point but because we are tainted by the world we live in, our response is usually something that will make the person feel better. We feel empathy and try to understand the situation they are going through in order to help them.
Even as Christians, we are not immune to wondering if there is a point. Certain circumstances can bind us making us feel frustrated and depressed. We try to find out why things didn’t work out as planned and we too contemplate if there is any reason to keep going.
So, what should we do when we encounter a situation like this? Our first port of call should be God. He knows what we are going through and why we are going through because He knew it was going to happen before we did.
Our response to this revelation is usually, “If God knew, then why did He let it happen?” Some of us would then get angry at God and forget about all the promises He made. Everything and everyone He makes has a purpose and sometimes we can have blinded by what we are going through that we fail to remember it.
There is a saying that goes “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” and as Christians, we need to apply it to our lives as God has told us something similar – all things work together for good. It may be hard going through bad times and you might think what is the point but in the long run, it helps us to become the person God predestined us to be.
The next time someone you know or even yourself goes through a period of trying to work out what your purpose in life is, remember that there is a point. We are all children of God and He has a plan for each and every one of us, not matter what stage our faith is at. The point is that we were put on this on earth for a reason and no matter what happens it will all work out in the end for His glory.