Psalm 39:4-5

“Lord, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is: that I may know how frail I am. Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity.”

Step one in living with a life of purpose and not living in a pity party state where you feel unfulfilled or like you are not worth anything, is to determine: it ends today. You are not guaranteed tomorrow, but you do have today. The first step is realizing that you can live a life of purpose, and not only that, but God intended for you to serve His purpose and live a fulfilling life in work, community, family, and church (Jeremiah 29:11).

The second step is to realize one thing: your frailty. The worst thing that you can do is just get up and start doing things, just to “do”. Trying to remedy a feeling of unfulfillment with an attitude of staying busy can be detrimental and dangerous. It may lead you into things that God wouldn’t want, and worse yet, keep you away from God’s best for your particular time of life. You want God’s best and that takes waiting on Him and seeking Him. You must first realize your own transience and inability to do something lasting and of eternal value without God leading you to it and giving you the strength to pursue it.

David asked the Lord to show him so that he would know how quickly his time passed away, how fleeting his life really was, and how little he was without God. He then realizes, “Every man even at his own best, is altogether vanity”. Trying to do things, and keeping yourself busy, just because you feel unfulfilled isn’t going to help you. Work hard, yes, and do everything you do eagerly, but the important principle here is to realize that without God, you are nothing. God wants in us a realization that we are frail and that apart from Him, we really are unfulfilled. It is nothing less than the tender hand of Jehovah reaching down when we truly realize that we are frail and unfulfilled without His strength and guidance.

Then, He comes into us and can really use us at that point. The second thing that we must do is realize, as David did, “That I may know how frail I really am.”

61-1119 - “Perfect Strength By Perfect Weakness”

There's so many of us likes to testify or likes to think that we're insufficient; and therefore, we make that an excuse, "I have no education; I have no ability; I'm unable to do this." And if you keep that up and do that in that way, keep going like that, then you can't 'mount to anything. But the very thing that we make excuses by our weaknesses, God uses that very thing to tackle the job with. See? He waits for us to get to that condition so that He can use us. We—we take the excuses and say, "Well, I—I—I—I'm can't do this, I'm insufficient. I—I can't do it." And God takes that very thing to do the job with. That's true.

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