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God Will Fulfill His Purpose For You: 3 Ways to Trust Him

Last Updated: March 18, 2022

Growing up in church, I always knew that God had a plan for my life, but I was told that I had to find it. I struggled with doubt and inaction because I wasn’t sure of God’s purpose for me. For anyone like me who has felt a lot of pressure to find God’s will, there is some really good news in this Bible verse.

Psalm 138:8 (ESV) says: “The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.” This verse tells us that God has a purpose for our lives, and He will accomplish it. Because His love endures forever, we can trust that He will never abandon His work in our lives.

For years I worried that I might be missing God’s plan for my life. I struggled with anxious thoughts like, “What if I’m heading in the wrong direction? How do I know I’m in God’s will?” 

But when I finally started to understand His love and faithfulness, I learned that He is working to accomplish His purpose in my life. The pressure is off, because it’s His plan. My role is simply to trust Him and allow Him to work in my life.

Let’s take a closer look at Psalm 138:8 and other Bible verses that show that we can trust God to fulfill His purpose.

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It’s God’s Purpose, Not Ours

The first thing we should take away from Psalm 138:8 is the simple truth that God has a purpose.

“The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me.”

God is orchestrating the events in our lives according to His good plan. In fact, even before we were born, He knew all the days of our lives:

Your eyes saw me before I was put together. And all the days of my life were written in Your book before any of them came to be. ~ Psalm 139:16 NLV

God has a purpose for us that reaches beyond what we can imagine. Even if we dream up great things we can do in life, His purpose is greater. That’s because it’s His purpose, not ours, that will be accomplished. His purpose is bigger than ours, and it will stand firm no matter what happens to us (Source).

Everything Is For His Glory

We get a glimpse of the all-encompassing purpose of God in these verses:

In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, in order that we … might be for the praise of his glory. ~ Ephesians 1:11-12 NIV

Ultimately, His purpose is bigger than ours because it’s not about us, it’s about Him! He has chosen us to be a people to bring Him glory. Everything we do is ultimately for His glory.

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. ~ 1 Corinthians 10:31 NIV

God Fulfills His Purpose, Not Us

God knows how each of our individual lives will bring Him glory. Going back to Psalm 138:8, we see that He fulfills this purpose, not us.

The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me.”

God is intimately involved in our daily lives to accomplish His purpose. If every day is in His book, then His purpose must be very detailed! We don’t know everything that He has planned for us. But, we do know that He works out every little detail according to His plan, for His glory.

And we know that God works all things together for the good of those who love Him, who are called according to His purpose. ~ Romans 8:28 BSB

Also, there is another verse in the Psalms that says something similar to Psalm 138:8. Allow me to draw your attention to several different translations of this verse, Psalm 57:2:

I cry out to God Most High, to God who fulfills his purpose for me. (ESV)
I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth all things for me. (KJV)
I call to God Most High, to God, who completes his plans for me. (EHV)
I will cry to God Most High, To God who accomplishes all things for me. (NASB)
I cry out to God Most High, to the God who does everything for me. (NCV)

Isn’t it amazing? He completes his plans… He does everythingHe accomplishes all things for me. Everything I have. Everything I am. Everything I’ve ever done—it’s all from God! He is the one who sustains me and gives me every moment’s breath

He Will Finish What He Started

What a good reason to give Him the praise, honor, and glory! His detailed involvement in our lives demonstrates His grace, love, and goodness. 

He started a good work in us when, by His Spirit, He enabled us to say “yes” to the saving grace of Jesus Christ. And even after we’ve accepted the gift of salvation, it is still God who continues to work in our lives:

For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose. ~ Philippians 2:13 NIV

It’s very freeing to realize that the Lord’s purpose doesn’t depend on us, but on Him. We might make a mistake, make a bad choice, or lose focus, but God is faithful, and He is even working through our mistakes to bring about His purpose. No matter what happens, we can trust that He will finish what He started:

And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. ~ Philippians 1:6 ESV

Nothing Can Stop His Purpose

Some Christians worry that they’ve missed God’s will. I’ve struggled with this before, wondering if my decisions had taken me a different direction than God intended. Did I choose the wrong profession? Did I miss a better opportunity?

Maybe you’re afraid you’ve gone astray from God’s purpose for your life because of your past decisions. Maybe you think your mistakes have taken you too far off course. Can I encourage you with something I’ve learned?

Your actions are not powerful enough to derail God’s purpose for you!

In fact, nothing is powerful enough to stop His purpose.

I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted. ~ Job 42:2 ESV

God’s Promise of Faithfulness

Remember Psalm 138:8: “The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.”

We know that God’s love endures forever. There is absolutely nothing in the universe that can separate us from His love (see Romans 8:38-39)!

For the LORD is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation. ~ Psalm 100:5 NLT

He has promised to be faithful to us. So we can trust that He will never abandon the work He is doing in us. The way I interpret the Psalmist’s (David’s) request in Psalm 138:8, “Do not forsake the work of your hands,” is as a trusting prayer. David is confident that God will answer this request, because he knows and trusts in God’s character.

For the LORD will not reject his people; he will never forsake his inheritance. ~ Psalm 94:14 NIV

Woman looking up and praying to God

Be encouraged, friend. God loves you fiercely and He will never abandon you. Nothing you could ever do would be powerful enough to stop His purpose for you. 

Maybe you’ve made some mistakes. But if your faith is in Jesus Christ and His sacrifice, your sins and mistakes have been forgiven and washed away

God is so good and so faithful that He even works through our mistakes to accomplish His purpose! He works all things together for good (see Romans 8:28 above). By His grace, He orchestrates every detail of our lives for the ultimate purpose of His glory.


Three Practical Applications of Trust

So if you’re like me, maybe you believe and trust that God will fulfill His purpose, but there’s still a part of you that asks: But what do I do? Here are three practical steps that we can use to apply this to our lives.

1. Don’t Worry About Your Life

I used to be afraid to try new things because I wasn’t sure if they were “God’s will for me.” But that way of thinking did nothing but paralyze me. I was stuck in inaction rather than developing the gifts and skills that God gave me.

So, Psalm 138:8 and Psalm 57:2 teach us to stop worrying so much about finding God’s “perfect” plan for our lives.

If it’s His plan, He will accomplish it. If we believe that He will fulfill His purpose, (not us), it frees us to focus more on walking with Him from day to day. Jesus told us not to worry, but to seek first to live life in God’s way:

I tell you, do not worry about your life… But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. ~ Matthew 6:25, 33-34 NIV

In our day-to-day lives, there is freedom in Christ. We have freedom to try new things, explore new directions, and see where we can use our unique gifts, talents, and skills to glorify God. Instead of worrying about our lives, we can simply rest, trust Him, and live for His glory.

Read More: 30 Biblical Affirmations to Calm Anxiety and Fear

2. Get to Know God

It’s hard to trust someone you don’t know, so the next practical application is to get to know God. Do you believe He has a purpose for you? How do you know it’s a good purpose? If you know the nature of God, that’s an easy question to answer: Because He is good.

Man studying the book of Romans in the Bible

God has given us the amazing privilege of having a relationship with Him! We have the Holy Spirit living in us. The Bible is a treasure of knowledge about God’s character, and the Spirit uses it to teach us about Him. So get in God’s Word, study it, meditate on it, and learn what it says about who He is. Then spend time in prayer. Build that relationship with Him and learn His attributes.

When you get to know God, you get to know His heart and His ultimate purpose. In His Word, He has shown us His way for living life (see Micah 6:8). Through studying Scripture we learn the guidelines He’s set in place for how we should live. And the more we learn about Him, the more we know for sure that He is powerful and capable of fulfilling His purpose:

I am the LORD, the God of all the peoples of the world. Is anything too hard for me? ~ Jeremiah 32:37 NLT

For learning more about the attributes of God and His nature, I highly recommend this book: The Knowledge of the Holy by A.W. Tozer. I also recommend Gentle and Lowly by Dane Ortlund for getting to know the kind and compassionate heart of Jesus.

Bible meditation is also a great way to fill our minds with truths about who God is. For step-by-step guidance on how to meditate as a Christian, these 3 guided meditations on Scripture are the perfect introduction to Christian meditation for beginners:


3. Remember the Big Picture

Finally, remember the big picture. God has made His ultimate purpose known to us: it’s all for His glory! He chose us to be His holy, perfect, and blameless people, and to bring all things together under the headship of Jesus Christ:

For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight… He made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ … to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ. ~ Ephesians 1:4, 9-10 NIV

In eternity we won’t be thinking about all of the things we did for God in life! We will be praising Him for all of the wonderful things He did:

O LORD, I will honor and praise your name, for you are my God. You do such wonderful things! You planned them long ago, and now you have accomplished them. ~ Isaiah 25:1 NLT

Woman standing in a field and praising God

When all is said and done, we will know that everything was for His glory, and He fulfilled His purpose.

Whatever we do in our lives, may it be done to honor Him. May we use the unique skills, gifts, and opportunities that He has given us to bring Him glory.

Further Resources on Finding God’s Purpose

If you want to learn more about what the Bible says about finding God’s purpose and making life decisions with God’s glory in mind, I recommend these books:

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  1. Amen! God is working out his purpose for our life – at his own timing. It is not just about the finished product but about the journey there too. We need to trust him, that he will work all things out for good!

    1. As someone who is approaching 70, I’ve been thinking I no longer have a purpose, except to be praying. That’s true, but your article has taken all the pressure off. The pressure of finding God’s will for my life as a senior. Thank you so much!

  2. God’s ways are so much higher than ours. We forget that God is our Creator and He does not need our help but we certainly need His help.

  3. Such comforting words this morning! I often wonder if I will have enough time on this earth to accomplish His will, and I realize that the question is a moot point. If it’s His will, He will accomplish it through me in His timing. I take great comfort in Numbers 23:19 – God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill? God will accomplish his will for his glory through my life and to my children and to my children’s children, all according this his purpose and timing. Thank you for the inspiration today.

    1. Hi Christine, thank you for your thoughts! I’m glad you liked this post! That’s a very relevant verse. It’s wonderful to be able to trust in our God, who never makes a promise He won’t fulfill!

  4. This is amazing. I know God called me, through the changes of life. I was compelled to never stop seeking after God. I hobble along in love with Christ. He has never left me for this I am thankful. Still I wonder does the Lord accept my failure? I look at others accomplishments and shrink at my aborted life. This has encouraged my heart to be grateful God ever used me and to rest in his still fulfilling his purposes for my life. Thank you from a wounded but steadfast warrior.

    1. Hi Jacqueline, I’m so glad this has encouraged your heart. Yes, God still accepts you even in the midst of failure! God doesn’t compare your accomplishments to other people’s accomplishments – He simply loves you completely, no matter what! Even if you feel like you don’t deserve His love and grace, He lavishes it on you anyway. Praise God He never abandons His purposes for us!

  5. I was initially struck by Ps 57:2 in reading a devotional. I couldn’t remember the reference and just googled ..He fulfills His purpose for me and it brought up Ps 138:8 and your article. I am so blessed by the Lord’s revelation to you about this scripture. I also came across Ps 33:11- “The plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of His heart through all generations.” What an amazingly faithful good God we serve! God bless your ministry!

    1. Hi Priscilla, I’m so glad this article encouraged you! Psalm 33:11 is such a beautiful verse too, a great truth to meditate on 🙂 God is so good! Thank you, God bless you too!

    2. This is very encouraging indeed, I too was frustrated each day thinking about my purpose in life, now I have been corrected to understand that it’s not my purpose but God’s purpose. Yes his purpose is my purpose so he will fulfill it for me . Oh glory to God forever

  6. Thank you Sarah for this encouraging word, beautifully written. I love how you used the scriptures to bring calm to a wandering soul. God will fulfil His desires and purpose for me. I will trust and wait on Him and continue to call upon Him. He will never leave us not forsake us. Just like He fulfilled His purpose in Job, Moses, Joseph and David. He is a good God. We can trust Him!

    1. You’re welcome Tayo, I’m so glad this post was encouraging to you! Amen, we can always trust God’s faithfulness to His promises and His purposes!

  7. For over 60 years I have prayed and asked that God provide guidance in a manner that I could understand and not attribute things to chance. That has yet to happen or I am so lowly that I have missed his messages. I still pray for guidance!

    1. Hi Jim, thanks for your comment! It’s difficult when we don’t feel like God provides the guidance we’ve prayed for. I believe God guides us with His loving hand in many ways, including ways we may not be able to perceive. However, it is dangerous to try to interpret everything that happens to us as God’s guidance or God’s will.

      This is the way I see it: The Bible gives us very, very clear instructions on how God wants us to live in general – for example, Scripture tells us to love one another, to speak the truth in love, to spread the gospel, to do everything we do for the glory of God, etc. But when it comes to God’s will for our individual lives, Scripture is not clear, and I don’t believe it’s meant to be. We may not be able to “know” God’s purpose for our lives – we’re simply to trust that He has a purpose, and He is fulfilling it. In making life decisions, we are to use wisdom: the wisdom that comes from knowing God’s Word, what God is like, and what God would have us do in certain situations. I really appreciated the book Decision Making and the Will of God (which I linked at the end of this article) for laying out the biblical basis for this view.

      So, I don’t think you’ve missed God’s messages. I think God has been with you your whole life, perhaps in barely perceptible ways, but He has been guiding you according to His purpose. I pray that you can know His love and goodness for you even today.

  8. Sarah, thank you so much for your encouragement! It’s really comforting to know that God’s purpose is going to be fulfilled in us no matter what, and that His love is steadfast.

  9. Sarah come I really enjoyed your article. I especially like this line “The pressure is off, because it’s His plan. My role is simply to trust Him and allow Him to work in my life.” We just have to remember, it is all about Him. Great tips, too.

  10. This post has been such a blessing to me! Praise God for leading me here, I love the Holy spirit’s expression through your writing, it was very clarifying for me!

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