Have you ever found yourself wondering: Why am I here?

Maybe you feel unsettled at the place you are in your life or maybe you want to make a bigger difference in the world, but you aren’t sure how or where to begin. So many of us walk through life, feeling numb and desperate for a deeper connection, but we aren’t sure how to get it. Many of us are fighting an internal battle and toiling over the answer to what our purpose really is. We can feel stuck, passion-less and lost as we do our best to navigate through each day.

This is a problem that nearly every person experiences on some level, and what makes it even more challenging is that if you don’t know your God-given purpose and you don’t know why you are here, it can be hard to keep going when times get tough.

But the Lord says:

“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord. ‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.’”

– Jeremiah 29:11

No matter the circumstances or the situation, God has always been the One who gives and calls out purpose in our lives. In fact, since God is the Creator of all things, He is the only One who can actually give true purpose.

Situations can offer a glimpse of purpose or significance; but situations and circumstances can also just as easily diminish or take away from our purpose. That’s exactly what was occurring in Jeremiah 29. The Israelites were faced with a crisis of identity and purpose, yet God spoke and reassured them that His plans and His purposes would not be thwarted.

The same is true for you. Your purpose has been assigned to you by God and God alone. No person, circumstance, predicament, weapon, or outcome can take that away. Only God has the authority to give purpose, and He has used that authority to establish your purpose for eternity!