Life’s Highest Purpose

Michael Beck

“O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together.” (Psalm 34:3)

Being bitter toward men is easy when they frustrate or disappoint us, when they do things we deem unnecessary or uncalled for. Likewise, God can be cursed when we believe He has failed us, or let things happen we can’t see a reason for. If we allow ourselves to be bitter toward men, we will find ourselves being bitter toward God also, because He often uses the wrath of man to praise Him (Ps. 76:10).

Without a commitment to glorify God we will resent His dealings with us. We will question His wisdom, love, and power. Scripture calls us to know, beyond any doubt, that God works all things together for good in the lives of those who are called according to His purpose. And what is His ultimate purpose? That He might be glorified in us, and we might be glorified in Him.

We have a choice: we can either demand God to give us the life we want, free of suffering, or we can be willing for Him to use the sufferings of this present time to bring forth a glory that astounds angels and confounds devils.

Life’s disappointments are always redeemable when our highest purpose is to see God glorified.

“According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death.” (Philippians 1:20)

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.