October 18 – The Context of Your Call

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In a careful study of God’s Word, you will find a commonality among those individuals whom God called into His service.  Although they were from different places with different backgrounds and different abilities, their callings were almost always birthed from a crisis.  Whenever God commissioned someone to a particular task, He typically did so in the context of calamity.

Joseph was called to be the savior of Egypt during a time of famine.  Moses was called to be the deliverer of Israel during a time of bondage and slavery.  Nehemiah was called to be a wall builder during a time of Persian domination.  Daniel was called to be a prophetic voice during the time of Babylonian captivity.

God moves and orders the world through pressure and compression.  It is the breaking of the fallow ground that gives way to the harvest.  It is the anguish of the mother’s birth pains that give way to the new-born life.  It is the darkest hour of the dawn that must relent to the glory of the morning sun.  And it is typically through hardship, trial, and suffering that God directs our lives to a particular calling and direction.  Frederick Buechner said it like this, “The place where God calls you is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.”

Daily Reading: Mark 8-9

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