It is an honor to be able to post such a powerful piece written by Joyce Books.
I pray that this piece will touch your heart as it did mine.
He went without knowing where he was going.
Hebrews 11: 8
The key phrase to lock onto is …. ‘He went without knowing where he was going.’ Abraham was a man of deep faith. He stepped out into the unknown a number of times leaving behind familiarity and relying on faith.
So often we’re inclined to focus on the where, when or what the Lord is calling us to. We’re usually more prone to hear and take notice of all sorts of accounts from individuals about how God has called them to something or somewhere.
In a turnaround process, let’s fix our thoughts on the being called from aspect for a few moments, which prospectively puts a whole new slant on our obeying the calling of God.
We can all agree that obedience is important and vital to our walk with the Lord. We sincerely desire to have a level of obedience that will keep us on the righteous path God has planned for us. We intently seek out the directions in which we can be of most usefulness to the Lord and are in constant pursuit as to God’s calling. However, the question is… what about when we’re called out of somewhere/thing?
Whether it is pleasing or displeasing,
we will obey the voice of the Lord our God ….
Jeremiah 42: 6
Isn’t it interesting how we seek out to know where God is calling us to and what it is He wants us to accomplish. Yet, accomplishment is not ever first on God’s list … it’s more of a heart change so we can be more like His Son Jesus. When we let the Holy Spirit within be the dominant factor, it becomes much more likely we’ll be obedient in wherever or whatever God is calling us from so we can move forward with faith, confidence and trust without apprehension about what we’re heading into.
When the Lord calls us from something or somewhere … He doesn’t necessarily let us know exactly what He is calling us to, or even what the next step might be after we leave what we know to be our comfort zone; He might simply put us into a period of waiting and resting. Quite possibly, we may not immediately move on to the next season; perhaps God wants us in a place to just listen for a time where we are to simply be peaceful and nourish our Spirit, or maybe we will be in a training-up phase to ready us for our new season of calling.
At times we can be confused when called to a particular direction by the Lord ; and it can be totally baffling and bewildering when God calls us from a thing that we felt we were not only good at, but were accomplishing great works for in His name! In our humanness we have a propensity toward success and our logical instincts get in the way of our Father’s divine purpose for our lives. Our yearning is to continue doing good where we’re at; as a matter of fact, it can become an obsession if we’re not careful. So we doubt and question the Lord on His calling us from something,,,, pouring our weak earthly judgments into the mix.
so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.
Isaiah 55: 9
Acts 5: 29
We prefer to know what is next before we leave what is familiar to us or what gives us [in our eyes] purpose. Most of us aren’t big on having mystery in our lives ~ we much prefer to have a knowable plan. Conversely, one of the major tests in our level of faith is when we are dealing with the unknown. Therefore, let us rest in the assurance that God is working out His purposes according to His plan and His ways are always in our best interest.
A number of Biblical figures were called from by God before they knew what they were going to; some accepted it easily such as Abraham and others balked at first, than obeyed such as Moses. Whichever you might be, always know and remember without the shadow of doubt that God knows us better than we know ourselves, He will always prepare us for whatever we are called from and He never gives us more than we can handle.
Let us also do well to remember that when the Lord called Abram from what was familiar, he was 75 years of age!! This too is a great lesson in that one is never too old to learn new things and venture out from our comfort zone for the Lord’s sake.
from your family and from your father’s house,
to a land that I will show you…..
So Abram departed as the Lord had spoken to him …..
He pitched his tent… and called on the name of the Lord….
So Abram journeyed …..
Genesis 12: 1, 4 & 8
Quite possibly we need to apply this mindset to situations with the Lord when He calls us from something without entirely illuminating the path to the next thing.
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