Posts Tagged ‘calling’

…Everything is against me!

Genesis 42:36

Jacob had come to the end of his rope.  He had lost Joseph.  Simeon was in jail in Egypt.  Now, in order to free Simeon, Benjamin, Jacob’s youngest son, would have to go to Egypt.  It was more than Jacob could handle.  Jacob could not see the years of preparation for what would be the most exciting time of his life and the life of the nation.  daybreakThe darkest hour is the hour just before the day break.  Jacob was in his darkest hour just before God’s daybreak in his life.  God’s big picture is often too big for us to comprehend.  The heartaches don’t seem to add up, but Jacob was about to understand the big picture.

Eventually, Benjamin along with Jacob’s other sons learned that their brother Joseph was second in command in Egypt.  Joseph revealed his identity, and Jacob was reunited with his son whom he had not seen more than 13 years.  He had thought, Joseph to be dead.

telescope_kidSo often we believe our dreams are dead.  There seems to be nothing left in our world to live for.  Everything appears to be against us.  During these times, God is performing a deeper work in each of us- a work that cannot be seen.

When client began leaving my ad agency and it dried up for no apparent reason, it appeared “everything was against me.” I could not see that God was orchestrating a whole new calling on my life.  At the moment, it see_the_big_picture_elephant_232345seemed like the worst thin in the world.  It seemed that I had been a failure.  But God said, “No, All the years before had been preparation for what God’s ultimate calling would be.  One of God’s methods for directing His children’s steps is through drying up resources: a job loss, a career change, or a disaster.  In these times we are willing to listen more intently, and to seek God in ways we would not normally do.  C.S. Lewis once wrote, “God whispers to us in pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains; it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” (C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain)

[Source: Today God Is First, Os Hillman]

Sharing you today’s message from my devotional book…

Be still and know that I am God – Psalms 46:10

There is a time and place in our walk with God in which He sets us in a place of waiting. It is place in which all past experiences are of no value. It is a time of such stillness that it can disturb the most faithful if we do not understand that He is the one who has brought us to this place for only a season. It is as if God has placed a wall around us. No opportunities- simply inactivity.

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During these times, God is calling us aside to fashion something new in us. It is an isolation chamber designed to call us to a deeper roots of prayer and faith. It is not a comfortable place, especially for a task-driven person. Our nature cries out, “You must do something,” while God is saying,” Be still and know that I am God.” You know the signs that you have been brought into this chamber when He has removed many things from our life and you can’t seem to change anything. Perhaps you are unemployed. Perhaps you are laid up with an illness.

Most religious people live a very planned and orchestrated life where they know almost everything that will happen. But for people in whom God is performing a deeper work, He brings them into the time of quietness that seems almost eerie. They cannot say what God is doing. They just know He is doing a work that cannot be explained to themselves or to others. Has God brought you to a place of being still? Be still and know that He really is God. When this happens, the chamber will open soon after.

[Source: Os Hillman, Today God is First (4minute meditations on the more important things in life)]