7 Important Bible Verses About Purpose

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Sometimes we can be so busy about our lives that we forget the purpose behind them. We are driven by the demands of life and not realizing that God always has a greater purpose. His purposes not only encompass our lives, but the lives of those around us—at home, school, work, and community. It’s important to know and live out the following Bible verses about purpose:

God has a purpose for everyone

“But I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth” (Exodus 9:16).

Pharaoh mistakenly thought that he was in control. However, God put him in the place of being an Egyptian leader for His purpose. God has a purpose for everyone—including those who resist Him. Ultimately God will get the glory no matter the person because He is the Giver of purpose in every life whether they live for Him or not. 

7 Important Bible Verses About Purpose

God’s purpose can’t be undone

“I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted” (Job 42:2). 

Once God has established His purposes for our lives—no one can change it. What door God has shut, no man can open and what door God has opened, no man can shut. People will wear themselves out in efforts to make a situation turn badly for believers, yet God will still ultimately accomplish His plans. Christians can take courage that He is working everything for our good even the most difficult life situations.

God’s purpose is the one that lasts

“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails” (Proverbs 19:21).

The lives of men and women are but a vapor; however, God’s purposes can be fulfilled throughout multiple generations. We can make our plans and set out to see them accomplished, but if we don’t pray and seek God’s direction—we could find ourselves drifting in an ocean of problems without a sail. Every plan should begin and end with God in mind first.

Every person is born with purpose

“The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters, but one who has insight draws them out” (Proverbs 20:5).

All people are made in the image of God. Each of us are born with a purpose and calling that we can discover or completely miss. The influence of the Holy Spirit in the lives of believers gives us insight to His purposes for us. We find peace and courage when we sense the confirmation of the Spirit that we are in the right place at the right time of our designated calling.

God fulfills His purpose for believers

“Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose” (Philippians 2:12-13).

God’s greater purpose has to always be on the forefront of our minds. We may be offered employment, school, and marriage opportunities that may not fit in God’s purpose. This takes wisdom on our part to wait on God’s peace before making presumptuous decisions that may have lifetime ramifications. There’s great joy in the discovery of His purpose when we trust in Him rather than on our feelings or pressures from other people. 

God works through all situations to fulfill His purpose

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).

Hard times can make it difficult to see God’s purpose especially when we only feel pain and grief. Many times we don’t want to be reminded that God is working our difficulty for our good. However if we practice living our lives with the mindset that God is working things out for us, we can have smoother transition of accepting this truth in the hard places.

God has a greater purpose in saving us

“He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace” (2 Timothy 1:9).

Salvation is only the beginning for Christians as we were saved to do good works in the name of Jesus. The promise of eternity and living free from the bondage of sin is a wonderful gift of salvation. These promised blessings free us up to be about God’s business every day. We need to start our mornings with a prayer asking God to reveal to us His purposes for that day.

Perfect Purposes

The Lord and His purposes are perfect, but we are not. We are assailed by doubts and fears that many times keep us from living out the purposes that He has established for us. However, we can overcome this by consistently reading and studying His word so that our faith will be made stronger day by day. As we learn of God and pray to Him regularly, we become more embolden to accomplish great purposes in His name.

Take a look at this great article: 5 Ways to Follow God’s Plan for you Life

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Jim at Growing Faith April 17, 2015 at 4:34 pm

Thank you for this excellent post, to help keep us on track with our lives!


Jan April 20, 2015 at 9:11 am

Thank you for reminding me about “God’s purpose for my life.” I needed this today!


Wendz January 4, 2016 at 6:41 am

I was in need of assurance of my purpose for life due to so many confusing happenings around us. I thank God for directing me to this web page.This activity along attests that all works to God’s Glory. Thankyou


GREENFIELD January 8, 2016 at 8:38 am

I needed more bible votes solidify my teaching on purpose, this article has it


robson goodson June 10, 2016 at 4:50 pm

I thank for people like you guys its so important to find the purpose of lives but the part of is always not in reach this helped me and hope it will to a lot out there.


Nana September 22, 2016 at 12:24 am

Thank you. You are blessed


Nico Mel Colon October 17, 2016 at 7:59 am



Sharon bandele October 19, 2016 at 2:09 pm

I just graduated from school after studying a course of 5 years
I still dont know what to do with my life up till now
I really need directions/advice/help


Jack Wellman October 19, 2016 at 3:03 pm

Talk with your pastor or your youth minister. Also, does your school have a guidance counselor? Seek the counsel of others is all I can tell you. The first and most important thing is, “Have you repented of your sins and trusted in Christ?”


Shaniqua November 25, 2016 at 9:17 pm

What a great article. This really helped me. It’s definitely hard in the tough times to see, but God is really working all things out for our good. It can see like forever, but through the process He is equipping us for His purpose, but we must not give up, we must finish the race.


Wendy Reid January 11, 2017 at 8:19 pm

Thank you for writing this article! I’m in search of understanding my purpose and this article provided me with scriptures that can keep me grounded, encouraged, and Christ centered.


Joe P.B. Kai September 6, 2017 at 1:10 am

I am so blessed from this post, I was preparing a message to be delivered on my office bus as we ride to work, on the subject: The Benefits of a Purpose Driven Living, and I was looking for appropriate scriptures when I came across your post that satisfied my ideal search, I am so blessed


John Anderson September 26, 2017 at 9:23 pm

God’s will: God’s will for our life is inescapable. There is no need for so-called Bible-educated theologians to tell their audience to find out what is God’s will for their life, as if these theologians have superior knowledge about God or have special access to God. The fact is that God’s will for each person’s life is their life, with the ultimate objective being each person’s salvation. Do you want to know what is God’s will is for your life? Then follow your conscience, for God’s will is embedded in your conscience.


Jack Wellman September 26, 2017 at 9:42 pm

Thank you Mr. Anderson, but not everyone can find God’s will that easily. All we can attempt to do is to show them where God’s revealed will is in the Word, and then let the hidden will of God work out, as its none of our business anyway. I would not follow your conscience alone, because God’s Spirit and God’s Word have authority unlike our conscience, because we could be wrong.


isaac tweneboah October 11, 2017 at 10:26 am

I was looking for the definition of purpose in the context of God’s word, that’s how I got here, and it’s been a wonderful piece.
God bless u.
I wish I could be recievibng mails from u


Jack Wellman October 11, 2017 at 11:24 am

Hello Isaac. You can receive emails from us. Just sign up on the home page at: https://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/ebook/


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