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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

What WERE You Doing?

When God calls.

So many people ask, what will you do with God's call on your life? What will you do when God calls you? Are you waiting for God's call? Pray about it and see what God calls you to do.

So much focus on the going forward into the dark unknown...

And indeed, wisely. For only a fool would not be careful about a leap into the unknown.

Sometimes it is good to take a glance back at where we have come from, and see where grace hath lead us safe this far.

It's also good to look back at where others have come - like the hall of faith in Hebrews 11. I want you to read each of these and THINK about each occupation or place where God called them. Really, really think. Take them one by one.

Where was Abel when God called? Tending his sheep.

Where was Noah? A happy family man, with three sons and settling down into a comfortable old age.

Where was Abram, later Abraham? In the land of Ur, with the entirety of his family.

Where was Sarai/Sarah? Faithfully following her husband, still trusting through years of barrenness. (Funny, she only faltered after the promise.)

Where was Hagar? Serving her mistress as a slave.

Where was Job? Comfortable, prosperous and God-fearing.

Where was Rebekah? In a comfortable, wealthy family.

Where was Joseph? A pampered boy, cruelly enslaved.

Where was Moses? A prince of Egypt.

Where were Aaron and Miriam? Slaves.

Where was Joshua? Son of a common Israelite, servant of Moses.

Where was Rahab? A harlot who believed there was something more - Someone more - than what she knew.

Where were the people of Israel? Sure, there's a lot made of their disobedience but they followed every step of the way - through the Red Sea, following the pillars of cloud and fire -
And they started off as the single son of a barren old couple, one of quarrelling twins of another barren couple who was a usurper of his brother's birthright, and from the twelve rebellious sons of that twin who married two fighting sisters.

Where was Naomi? A widow, with no possessions.

Where was Ruth? A foreigner in a strange land, gleaning in a field to feed her starving family.

Where was Gideon? Threshing wheat secretly for fear of people hearing him.

Where were Mr. and Mrs. Manoah? An ordinary couple who could not have a child.

Where was Jephthah? The son of his father's mistress.

Where was Hannah? Weeping in the temple.

Where was Saul? Searching for donkeys and tending his father's farm.

Where was David? Tending his father's sheep and fighting wild animals.

Where was Elisha? Ploughing a field with his father's oxen.

Where was Jeremiah? A timid boy.

Where was Daniel? An enslaved noble.

Where was Hosea? Probably an ordinary man expecting a normal married life.

Where was Mary? A betrothed virgin - a covenant as binding as marriage.

Where was Joseph? A humble carpenter.

Where were Elizabeth and Zacharias? A priest and his barren wife.

Where was John the Baptist? A wanderer in the desert.

Where was the Lord Jesus before He began His ministry? A carpenter.

Where was the Samaritan woman? Living with a man who was not her husband.

Where was the Gedarene man? Demon possessed and chained to rocks.

Where was the Syro-Phoenician woman? Worshipping false gods.

Where were Peter, James and John? Fishermen.

Where was Nathaniel? Under a fig tree.

Where was Bartimaeus? A blind beggar.

Where was Zacchaeus? In a sycamore tree.

Where was Mary Magdalene? A harlot with seven demons.

Where was Paul? A dedicated, blindly zealous Pharisee.

Where was John Mark? A boy cowering in a garden.

Where was Luke? A Gentile physician.

Where was Cornelius? A soldier in the Roman army, hated in the country he lived in.

Where was Onesimus? A runaway slave.

Where were you?

Where was I?

Does it matter if God has called us yet? Or does it matter that we are serving Him faithfully where we are right now?
No matter WHO we are. No matter WHERE we are.
We serve a God Who uses idolators to rebellious slaves to hated Romans to tree lovers. :D
A God Who usually picks the most unlovely.
What they had in common? They loved God more than what they were or what they loved. And left all to follow Him.

So don't give up because of WHO you are or WHERE you are. Keep scrubbing your floors, shining your shoes, or playing your part in high society.
But don't look down on your brothers and sisters, for God calls whomsoever He chooses.
Keep seeking after Him in prayer, and surrender your dreams and desires to Him in His trust and in His peace.

"Let a man regard us in this manner, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. In this case, moreover, it is required of stewards that one be found trustworthy (faithful). But to me it is a very small thing that I may be examined by you, or by any human court; in fact, I do not even examine myself. For I am conscious of nothing against myself, yet I am not by this acquitted; but the one who examines me is the Lord. Therefore do not go on passing judgment before the time, but wait until the Lord comes who will both bring to light the things hidden in the darkness and disclose the motives of men’s hearts; and then each man’s praise will come to him from God."
1 Corinthians 4:1-5

God bless you!
Mlle. Siân