Jesus replied, “Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.”
Mark 1:38 NIV
Jesus knew what his purpose on Earth was. He had it clear. He knew the reason why He had to set aside the privileges of deity and taking on the status of a slave, becoming human (Phil. 2:8), was because humanity needed a savior.
“What would you do after graduation?” is a common question those of us who have gone to college get when commencement approaches. That’s normal. People want to know what’s next in our lives. Question is, do we really know the reason why we’ve been placed in this moment in time? I totally believe we’ve been handpicked by God and placed in such an extraordinary time to live. There is a reason behind that. With God anything is unplanned. The unexpected, the unknown, the unplanned, they all produce insecurity and fear in our lives. We do not know how to act nor react when we find ourselves in a position where we are clueless as of what will tomorrow bring.
Being at the edge of the unknown is terrifying. Not knowing what tomorrow will bring is something we all get to experience at some point in life. Yet, we are not alone. God is with us. Not only is He with us by our side. Knowing we will have to face tough situations and circumstances, centuries ago Jesus himself said: “do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?” (Matt. 6:25 NLT) I know it sounds beautiful when reading those words when everything in our life seems to be good, somehow reaffirms that security and confidence we have. But how about when we have nothing? When we do not know how that problem will be solved? How those bills will be payed? How on Earth you’re going to make it till the end of the month? The master told his disciples: “So then, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Today has enough trouble of its own.” (Matt. 6:34 NET) A logical question, then arises: how do you get not to worry about the things you can’t change? I believe the answer is located in verse 35 of Matthew 6. Jesus said: “But above all pursue his kingdom and righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (NET) In other words, pursing and abiding in the presence of God is what we need to bring hope and security to our troubled hearts in the midst of the unknown.
Jesus knew what his purpose on Earth was. He had it clear that he was to preach the good news throughout the jewish territory. He didn’t came on vacation to Earth. He didn’t came to start a non profit organization nor a trendy relief fund, not even a ministry with state-of-the-art facilities and huge resources. He said he had come to Earth to preach. I’ve gone through complicated situations. I’ve been in a position where it seems there is no way out. I know what it is to face due dates and not having money in the bank account to meet those financial requirements. Yet I know the reason why I was placed on Earth: to glorify His name. My purpose on Earth is to shine God’s light and by doing so, touching lives with the reality of a merciful and gracious God. When we start focusing on God rather than on our problems hope arises, when we start looking in Scripture for Jehovah Jireh security invades our hearts, when we pursue in looking and running after God, then Jehovah Rapha shows up and takes away the pain. Lets start looking God instead of spending all day looking at our problems. Looking at them won’t solve them but looking at God changes everything, it changes our perspective, it transforms our hearts, and our hope in Him gets strengthen.