Sometimes we all face challenges within our everyday living, that at times cause us to ask hard questions about purpose and reason for our existence. One of the most important persons in my life whom I love with all my heart asked me “why don’t you smile anymore?” I thought about this question deeply as I reflected on what truly mattered to the One whom I owe everything to-my Creator!
He has called me to be one of His prayer warriors who stand on the wall and intercede on behalf of the Kingdom of God needful assault upon the kingdom of darkness. Since the first week of July, 5:30 am til 6:30am, and 1:30 pm til 2: pm daily, with a fast of one meal a day, to labor in the spirit for souls to find that true life and or living is only in the Kingdom of God.
Need I say that as much as I would like to smile all the time, I find that spiritual warfare is not fun! I am reminded by an article by Walter C. Kaiser Jr., A Biblical Approach to Personal Suffering. In this most excellence article, he list eight kinds of suffering that were noted in his study in the Old Covenant. Briefly, he notes that there is [retributive, educational, vicarious, empathic, doxological, evidential, revelational and eschatological forms of suffering.] For me, I gravitate toward experiencing empathic and evidential types of suffering while praying, fasting and just living.
If you are in search for purpose, meaning if not significance, please consider this most powerful passage of Ancient Scripture: Psalms 139:13-16.
For you fashioned my inmost being, you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I thank you because I am awesomely made, wonderfully; your works are wonders-I know this very well. My bones were not hidden from You when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes could see me as an embryo, but in your book all my days were already written: before any of them existed.
Thank you my Creator for making me in your image, with purpose and eternal life in the present age, and the age yet to come.
Grace and Peace