I wonder if Moses had any clue he signed up for forty years in the desert . . .
when God called him to lead the Israelites to the Promised Land. I wonder how he envisioned this assignment when he stood before the burning bush. I’m sure it didn’t exactly play out as he thought. We know he was often frustrated.
And what about Joseph? Joseph had great visions and dreams. He knew God had great plans for him to rule and lead. Surely he fought doubt as he sat in prisons waiting for those dreams to become reality. Could he have ever envisioned the way God would place him into such high authority in the Egyptian Court?
The Apostle Paul is another example. We studied Tuesday on our Facebook Live fellowship how his second letter to Timothy was written from yet another prison cell. Paul didn’t seem discouraged, but Timothy was, and that is why he wrote the letter. The words are famous. Many great sermons have preached these verses,
For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you by the laying on of my hands. For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline (2 Timothy 1:6,7).
Visions, callings, and dreams are all wonderful. They give us goals and purpose and reason to get up every day. But what do we do when those dreams or callings do not look like we thought they would? What do we do when it’s taking a lot longer to get to that goal or our circumstances do not seem to afford the reality of the dream? Does this mean we didn’t hear from God correctly?
What do you think?
I think it means we are on the right track. If I look at all of the other people in the Bible called by God, I see that none of their calls played out as they planned. It means that God never does anything the same way twice. He fulfills dreams and callings in God fashion. Purely out of the box.
I think His ways are different from ours because He isn’t focused on the goal, but He is working all things for good. He’s working on creating new creatures in Christ, getting us ready for the ultimate goal–heaven.He's working on creating new creatures in Christ. Click To Tweet
If you are discouraged today, rejoice! If the dream hasn’t become reality yet, rejoice! You my friend are in great company. All we have to do is do what He is calling us to do for today. God’s got the rest. He’s given us power by His Spirit to keep on keepin on and fulfill today’s assignment. That power is not just any power. The Greek word is dunamis which is where we get the word dynamite! It’s a word that means miraculous, supernatural, power.
We can’t manufacture this power. It comes from Holy Spirit.
What has God called you to do today? Trusting obedience brings you one step closer to God’s dream for you. I’d rather have His dream for me than mine any day. Simply ask for more of His Spirit to help you do what needs to be done now.
Digging Deep in faith,
This post was first published in 2012 and has been re-purposed a few times. It’s a lesson many of us need to hear to be encouraged along the journey of our call–well, at least I do. :)