August 4 Purpose before Production

Purpose before Production There is a street near my house called Shirley Street. At one time, there was a parking lot there. One day when I was driving along that street, I saw a large sign with a beautifully painted picture of a building. There was no building on the site yet, but there was the big sign and the name of the building. It showed the landscape, the color of the building, the windows, everything; it was a very detailed picture of what the completed building would look like. The sign said, “Coming soon.” I drove past the lot and sensed God saying to me, “Did you see that?” I said, “See what?” He said, “Did you see the finish?” So I turned my car around and went back to take a closer look at the sign. By showing the completed picture of the building, the construction company was revealing the end of its purpose.

Again, God essentially completed us before He created us. Not only does He establish our ends, but He also gives us glimpses of them through the visions He puts in our hearts. We

must pay attention to His work within us so that we will be able to understand more of what He “has done from beginning to end” (Ecclesiastes 3:11). God wants you to “see” the completion of your vision by knowing that He already planned and established it before you were born. Therefore, instead of striving to fulfill what God has given you to do, you can rely on Him to finish it as you allow Him to guide you in the specifics of carrying it out.

Prayer: Father, please help me to “see” the completion
of my vision with the eyes of faith. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Thought: God essentially completed us before He created us.

Reading: Psalm 66–67; Romans 7

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