Why Do I Exist?
taken from a message given by Adrian Rogers
“Why do I exist?”…“What is the purpose of my life?”…“Why am I here?”
Millions of people probably ask one of these questions every day. In fact, “Why do I exist?” nets 171,000,000 results when searched for on the internet. That’s how important it is that we know the purpose for our lives. Have you asked yourself that question?
You need to know that failure is anything that does not fulfill its purpose or fulfill its function, whether it’s a pen or a bird or your life. If we don’t accomplish what we were designed to do, we are failures. And failure may be succeeding at the wrong thing. You see, we are successful only when we do that for which God created us. If we know our purpose in life, we can then move forward with confidence.
Only when we learn more about God, the Almighty Creator, will we learn more about ourselves. Our search for answers begins in Psalm 139.
God Knows All About You
- Your character–Not only does God see you; He sees through you. In Psalm 139:1, we read, “O Lord, Thou hast searched me, and known me.”
- Your conduct–Verses 2-3 tell us that there is not a move you make that God doesn’t see: “Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising…Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.”
- Your contemplations–Whatever you are thinking, God knows about it. The psalmist says in verse 2, “Thou understandest my thought afar off.”
- Your conversation–Read verse 4: “For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, Thou knowest it altogether.” Matthew 12:36 also says that we will account to God for every word spoken throughout our lives.
God Is Always with You
Although you may be far from God, He is always with you. We read in verse 5: “Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid Thine hand upon me.” This is restated in Jeremiah 23:24: “Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the LORD. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the LORD.”
Death cannot hide you from God. God reigns in Earth, heaven, and hell. He is over it all. And when you die, God is still there. Psalm 139:7-8 states, “Whither shall I go from Thy Spirit? or whither shall I flee from Thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, Thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, Thou art there.”
Distance doesn’t hide you from God. Has it ever occurred to you that God never goes anywhere? He is already there! Wherever you run, God will meet you when you get there. Verses 9-10 say, “If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; Even there shall Thy hand lead me, and Thy right hand shall hold me.”
Darkness doesn’t hide you from God. You can’t hide from God in the dark. God does not need light in order to see. Verse 11-12 states, “If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me. Yea, the darkness hideth not from Thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.”
God Has a Wonderful Purpose for You
You are not an accident. You didn’t come out of pond scum. God made you for a purpose. He formed you in your mother’s womb, and He has a wonderful plan for you. Read Psalm 139:13-15:
For Thou hast possessed my reins: Thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise Thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are Thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from Thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
God Has You Constantly in His Heart
God knows you; He loves you; and He wants to bless you. The psalmist says in verses 17-18a, “How precious also are Thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand.” It’s hard to imagine, but His thoughts toward you are greater in number than all of the grains of sand that cover the Earth.
So how do we respond to a loving God? Our response to Him is our purpose. God made us to know Him and to love Him.
If an angel were there when God was creating Adam, they might say, “Holy Father, what are You doing?” “I’m making a man.” “Well, what are You going to do with him? What’s his purpose? Why are You creating a man?”
You know what God would have said? “Someone to love and who will love Me.” Do you think God created us to serve Him? Friend, He could get angels to do a better job than we do if that was all. No, God made us in His image to know Him, to love Him, as well as to serve Him.
Our response–our purpose–is simply to know Him and to love Him. Everything in our lives should move us toward that purpose.
If it doesn’t, then we have failed.
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