Daily Encouragement: Year 2, Day 134

From Handbook to God’s Promises


Purchased for a Purpose
(Isaiah 48:17)

The critics of government spending are most vocal when taxpayers’ money is wasted. The loudest cry goes up when large amounts of money have been spent—sometimes hundreds of millions of dollars—on projects that were poorly designed from the start and either failed to reach their full potential or were scrapped altogether.

For instance, a gigantic, modernistic airport outside a Colorado city stood idle for months after it was built due to problems with its baggage handling system. A massive dam built in Tennessee was never used and later demolished—scores of millions of dollars wasted. No one minds purchasing things that are practical and a good value. But “overpriced and underused” doesn’t make sense to anyone.

The reason it doesn’t make sense to us is that it doesn’t make sense to God. He is on record in the universe as having made the most expensive purchase in history when He bought His human creation out of the marketplace of sin. That’s why “Redeemer” is one of God’s names. To redeem something means to purchase it, to pay a price for it. And the price God paid for sinners was the life of His one and only Son, Jesus Christ.

All Christians who understand the incalculable worth of their redemption from sin praise God that He has spared no expense for their salvation. But herein lies something that we must not miss: He wants to guide us into the purpose behind His purchase. 

Would it have been reasonable for God to redeem us from sin for no purpose? No, it wouldn’t, and the Bible makes this clear. For instance, Paul says in Ephesians 2:10 that we were saved “for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.” Jesus also testified to His point and purpose in coming to earth (John 17:4). God had a purpose in our redemption, and we can rest assured that He will guide us into it.

When we wonder if God will show us the way, we need only remember the price He paid for us. As our Redeemer, He will not leave us confused or without direction. He will guide us into the purpose for His purchase.

God’s Promise:
Purpose is part of redemption; He will guide you into that purpose.