Someone once asked me if I thought life was simply “unreal.” For a minute there, I got somewhat flustered by the question. I had to pause before answering, just so I don’t sound dumb or confuse the person a lot more. Then I remembered that there was a time when I also thought to myself that things don’t seem real. I asked myself if I was a pawn in someone’s game? Was I just being manipulated into thinking this life was mine when someone else was calling the shots? Just like my friend, I asked people questions as well. What was the meaning of life? How can I tell what I’m supposed to be doing? You see, it’s very good to ask questions when we don’t understand some things. These questions push you to search for answers. The funny thing about situations like this is that when you don’t know what you are searching for, anything that sounds about right could suffice as the appropriate answer. Thankfully, I found the right place to get my answers. I found one part of the Bible that says:
Romans 8:29-30 (TPT)
For he knew all about us before we were born and he destined us[a]from the beginning to share the likeness of his Son. This means the Son is the oldest among a vast family of brothers and sisters who will become just like him.
Having determined our destiny ahead of time, he called us to himself and transferred his perfect righteousness to everyone he called. And those who possess his perfect righteousness he co-glorified with his Son!
You see, for some reason, stumbling onto this verse seemed to have worked for me. I had an assurance that God created me, and while He was creating me, He had an image in His head about what He wanted me to be. As far as I was concerned, He simply wanted me to be a reflection of His Son. So, my attitude as well as my future were meant to mirror that of His child. Well, I was made to be like Him, so that seemed like a simple enough answer for me.
However, that response didn’t work for my friend. I had forgotten that we were different people. Even though we had some things in common, we had our differing perspectives as well. So, I was shocked when he further asked his questions. He said, “Well, if we had been predestined to be one way, then we simply do not have a choice.” That was yet another breath-taking question for me. I was trying to look for the right answers for him. Then I remembered that there’s always cause for meditation. We have been advised to be slow to speak (James 1:19). So, I allowed him to tell me more about his fears. All the while praying that the next few words that I would have, would be something to actually help him get answers he needs.
That was when I heard myself responding- we indeed have been predestined by God. That predestination is meant for our greatness. However, as powerful as God is, He does not intend to make His children invalids. He placed the power to follow this path that He has laid out for us in our hands. Wasn’t He the one who said He has placed before us the choices between life and death, blessings and curses? (Deut.30:19). But the love He has for us didn’t allow Him to stop there. He advised us to choose life so that, not just us, but our children will live too. Now tell me how a God who could actually choose to manipulate us and instead gave us that much power could make us pawns in His game? My favorite verse came up-
I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out – plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.
Jeremiah 29:11 (MSG)
God’s love for us is so big that at times when it seems like we don’t understand how things are going anymore, He brings us reminders about what we already know. I had almost forgotten about the power God gave me because some situations were beyond my control. Then, reading Psalm 4 this week just reminded me again about this. Psalm 4:3 got me thinking again about how God has equipped us with various gifts to get to where He meant for us to be. For each of God’s creation, God has implanted a special gift that will help us through our trying times.
He didn’t just equip us with these gifts, he actually set us apart from the rest of the world. So, for us that have chosen to go along the same path with Him, He made sure that we are highly distinguished from others. You are meant to stand out. Now, this does not mean there wouldn’t be trials, but while we are yet at it, we know how it will end. How am I sure about this? Take a look at Psalm 4:8(TPT)- Now, because of you, Lord, I will lie down in peace and sleep comes at once, for no matter what happens, I will live unafraid!
It might not look like it right now, but God has set you apart from the rest of the world. I need this message just as much as the next person. I need to know that I don’t need to lose sleep over that situation. Do you know why?
I have been separated from the troubles of this world
These words of affirmation can be a reminder at times when you need hope to go along
I have been separated to be co-destined with Christ
I have been separated to have peace when I should be unsettled
I have been separated to be distinguished
I have been separated to live a victorious life
I have been separated to reign in life!!
Words are very important to me just as I know it’s important to a lot of people as well. You cannot be defeated when you know who God has called you to be, and why He did that. I hope this message resonates with you as much as it did with me. Feel free to share your thoughts about why you think God created us.