We have finished another amazing period of fasting, where God has constantly reminded us that we ought to be seeking his purpose in this world.

Isaiah 58:8

8 Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the LORD shall be thy reward.

Your purpose is your light

The Bible uses light to explain the work of God multiple times in our lives, and the scripture below speaks of coming from a period of fasting into the promises and purpose of God. 

However in order for us to get there we must understand what God expects from us for our light to break forth in the midst of darkness.

Light is a symbol of purpose – it was made to shine and God has made us with a distinct purpose that is perfect for what he wants to do against everything that may prove challenging to us. 

Conditions for living in your purpose

Isaiah 58:9

9 Then shalt thou call, and the Lord shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am. If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity.

Submission to God

The work yoke means subjection and servitude. The Bible says that you should take the yoke of Christ. Whether we acknowledge it or not if we are yoked by something, some idea or someone we cannot have the yoke of Christ that he gives us and so the light is hindered by the yoke.

What thoughts, people or relationships affect your submission and are hiding your light?

What yoke have you submitted to and forgotten the purpose God has called you to fulfill – which is easier and leads to freedom?

Letting go of offenses

The Bible says that holding offenses and casting blame will make sure that your light never breaks forth. 

A good way to know you are casting responsibility on others, is by taking the time to assess your own heart. Are you truly pursuing purposes in those situations that are not about you? Offense makes it easy to defend yourself – forgetting that God is working on greater things. God is able to work all things together for those who live in the reality that his purpose is what they are called to. If you are stuck in offense perhaps you are not moving forward in purpose.

Chasing empty things 

The scriptures say that vain things must be abandoned if our light is to break forth. 

To let go of vanity we must first stop lying to ourselves or living in lies that we are surrounded with in this word. Perhaps the things you are pursuing are vain or perhaps you are simply speaking in vain – you are speaking of things of God but deep down in your heart you refuse to deal with what is hindering you from true obedience to them.

Think about the things you have told God you believed him for, the things you said you were going to do, the bible verses the Holy Spirit used to help you in a time of need. Are you lying by speaking in vain because you have not truly attempted to act on them since they were spoken.

Vain in the hebrew means emptiness, if God is the fullness than all else is… vain. 

Focusing on ministering

The scriptures tell us that when we serve others and help those who are afflicted then our purpose will become uncovered. Perhaps you are here waiting for light to shine on you – when you ought to use whatever you have to bless others – so that your light can rise in obscurity. 

It is God that makes you shine, but we must be obedient to his own plans because in them is his purpose far greater than our own.

Do not let this period be a waste, your light will be seen if you obey the God of light, who makes your purpose perfect in his name. 

Isaiah 58:11

11 And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.

You will not run dry as you pursue God – so give your all to his purpose for your life.