This week our challenge proved to be a bit different. Our challenge was not just focusing on His promise, which imparted the majority of the work on God. This week, our verse had us praying that God. The God of our Lord Jesus Christ would give us wisdom and revelation.
Friends, I could hardly stand it when I noticed my part in the prayer! This past week it wasn’t just focusing on one of His promises with an expectation for him to show up, but instead we had to take the initiative, and ask. Did anyone else notice that?
I will admit I was a bit anxious with all that I asked of God. Were you?
- A spirit of wisdom
- Revelation in the knowledge of Him
- Mind to be enlightened
- To know the hope of His calling
- His inheritance, and immeasurable greatness of His power!
And if that is not enough I will know all of that according to His vast strength!
Now do you see it?! This challenge was to draw us closer to Him, and to know Him better. This week my fellow sojourners we asked God to know him better. And, I don’t know about you but I have felt a bit overwhelmed. That’s quite the list.
In Jer. 29:33 he says, if you seek me you will find me. I am seeking Him, are you? He is letting me find Him, is he you? Oh I pray He is. Friends there is nothing in this world like it!
Yet with all of that, due to my current circumstances of impending unemployment starring me down, five words grabbed my attention.
To know the hope of His calling
“What eye did not see and ear did not hear, and what never entered the human mind – God prepared this for those who love Him.” 1 Cor. 2:9-10 HCSB
I recently celebrated a birthday, and looking back on my life I never expected at my age to be in the position I am in. Some of you may be able to relate, like me –
- You had a good career – until the company restructured.
- You had a plan mapped out for a new career – until that ended.
- You had been is a good financial position – until laid off.
- You had freedom from worries many others dealt with – until my finances dwindled.
Now it’s –
- Seasonal job to seasonal job, or part time to part time.
- Making just enough to pay the bills.
- Having worries that used to be foreign seem like friends.
I share all of this not for you to feel sorry for me. No way! It is to say – I understand what others went through. Your path may be different, it may consist of a broken relationship, health issues, addictions, or another issue. Whatever your issue I bet you never expected it, or wanted it.
The verses this week had me asking – what is the hope of my calling? Do you ever wonder that? If like me you worked in a vocation for a long time, only to have it end, and no doors open back up to it – you may find yourself asking the same question?
Perhaps if you are an empty nester, find yourself single after years of marriage, or being in a relationship, all of a sudden, you may find yourself asking the same question? Even those that have just retired may have asked – now what is my calling?
And maybe not. You might be one that knows. Good for you. However, for some of us – the search is just beginning, or is continuing.
First I had to know what the word calling meant. Like any good student I looked it up.
The Strongest Strongs Exhaustive Concordance defines it as “a situation, station in life, vocation” (p. 2817)
Have you ever had a question about something, really desired the answer, then sought out to get an answer, and when you see the answer you think – that’s it? Yep, that was my thought. Since those five words “to know the hope of His calling” have weighed on me for the last few years I think I was thinking the answer would show up there. Instead it solidified the question even deeper. And with that – I got my spade shovel out and began to dig deeper looking up more verses with the same meaning.
“He has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace, which was given to us in Crist Jesus.” 2 Ti. 1:9 HCSB
Ah-ha! A new version of the word “call” the sixth one in. Yes, I looked it up and it says “to invite, A higher authority has invited you.”
Have you ever felt like Charlie Brown? Invited me to what? Friends, please tell me I am not alone here, and that you too have had a question in which the answer was not immediate. Yet, like a good solider, we forge on with the answer still waiting to be conquered.
Then, it happened at work one day, a co-worker said to me, “your responsibility is to live life for YOU, and do what makes you happy.” Right then, the light went on. It was so bright I thought I was going to have to put my sunglasses on. I responded immediately with, “Incorrect my friend. My responsibility is to live life for Christ. To glorify Him, and along the way perhaps introduce others to Him. That is my responsibility.”
Girlfriend, guy friend, that is your responsibility too! That is our calling. Jump back one verse in 2 Ti. 1, and look at verse 8.
“So don’t be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord…Instead, share in suffering for the gospel, relying on the power of God” 2 Ti. 1:8 HCSB
Let’s not allow the word suffering to deter us, we know we will have troubles, and hard times. Instead, let’s look at the last six words – “relying on the power of God.” What was in our week five verse? Yes! Also, that we would know –
“the immeasurable greatness of His power to us who believe, according to the working of His vast strength.” Eph 1:19 HCSB
With my God, the Father of my Lord Jesus Christ, and I, climb this mountain in front of me. Each rock we scale, each trail we take, each pebble that jerks my feet as I climb higher to the calling He has for me, I will remain hopeful that in its fullness it will be made known to me. And yours to you.
Along the journey, with the premise always shining bright to guide us, we recall God is not a man that lies. Num. 23:19. With that we can rely on the last four weeks of promises:
- If we look for Him, He will let us find him. Jer. 29:13-14
- Not to be afraid, or discouraged. Isa. 41:10
- He will provide ALL of our needs. Mt. 6:33
- He is on our side. Ez. 36:7
In the words of my bible study teacher “Isn’t this RICH?!” I love it, as all of His promises entwine with each other and our lives! Do you?
As week five ends and we move into week six, keep climbing. Keep forging on, for goodness sakes, get on your belly and crawl if you have to, just keep going towards the hope of our calling!
“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations…teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always to the end of the age.” Mt. 28:19-20 HCSB
That is our calling. Who are you telling? Who are you inviting to church and/or a bible study?
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