We seldom see it coming.
The call of God, that is.
We’re just doing whatever it is we do, and BAM! We find ourselves in unfamiliar territory, looking dumb-founded, and wondering what just happened.
Then usually, we begin refining our arguments…why this call from God couldn’t possibly be for me…there’s been a mistake! I can’t do it! I’m not ready!
The call of God came to Moses: ”I am the Lord. Tell Pharaoh king of Egypt everthing I tell you” (Exodus 6:29). But Moses had his argument ready. ”Since I speak with faltering lips, why would Pharaoh listen to me?” (Exodus 6:30).
So the Lord prepares Moses for the task to which he’s been called.
And then He calls him again….
And that is how it goes, even today. The Lord calls us, then prepares us, then calls us again. It is completely the opposite of how the world works. In the world, we prepare first. Then we get the call. And everyone can be comfortable.
We get the college degree; we get the certification; and THEN we get the job.
It isn’t comfortable for us or comforting to others when we aren’t prepared for the job beforehand. We want all the t’s crossed and all the i’s dotted before we go forward. But that isn’t how the Lord normally works.
I wonder why He so often does it that way?
Preparing us in the midst of the call surely seems backward. Just think of all the trial and error that must be endured; the falling on our faces; the humility of the appearance of failure.
If we focus on those things, we likely won’t respond to God’s call at all. But God says, if you love me, you will obey me (John 14:23).
Abram obeyed God. “The Lord said to Abram “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you” (Gen. 12:1).
God’s promises follow:
“I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you.
I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.
I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all people on earth will be blessed through you.”
“So Abram left…” (Genesis 12:4). Abram heard the call from God to go, and he went.
Just like that. No arguments. No whining. No rebellion. He just left.
And Scripture says that “Abram believed God, and he credited it to him as righteousness” (Genesis 15:6). Abram believed God’s promises, no second thoughts about it!
That is how we are to respond also.
Let God call us.
Let God prepare us.
Let God call us again.
Let His promises lift us.
Let us believe Him.
And let our obedience to Him be credited to us as righteousness.
What does God’s call on your life look like? Do you believe His promises?