When basic needs such as food, shelter and relationships are fulfilled, we humans have a pressing desire to live lives of purpose. We’re each born with gifts and talents and some are fortunate enough to even earn a living using those talents.
While we as Christians may have a variety of purposes or callings there is one common thread for each of us and it is to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ. It’s the mandate of every single Christian by direction of Christ Himself.
Many times preachers will exhort their congregations to ‘just get out there and do it” which is understandable given the way many believers become so caught up with their lives they miss opportunities to ‘rescue the perishing’ regularly.
But what if you’re one of those who are champing at the bit to fulfill the calling you believe the Lord has embedded in your heart and yet you find yourself in a wilderness experience or trapped in circumstances that are prison-like or you’re beset with so many horrendous problems in your life that all you can do is put out fires?
Take heart from this: you’re in good company.
You are probably already aware of Paul, Joseph, Elijah, John the Baptist, Moses, David and just about every other person in the Bible the Lord used to fulfill His purposes. Each one had lengthy time-outs while the Lord prepared them for what was ahead.
These are times of training and they can seem extraordinarily long but they are actually a gift of grace from the Lord to prepare us. It’s in these times we learn to be hearers and doers of His Word, we learn the value of complete obedience, we learn the power of prayer and we learn endurance.
The danger during these periods is discouragement. Sometimes we think God has forgotten us and it is especially true when we see others forging ahead in their destiny. Other times we find ourselves wondering if we were delusional. Still other times we hear the disparaging comments of others and confidence in our direction wobbles.
David experienced this very thing when he was anointed to be king of Israel and found himself constantly dodging the sword of Saul. At one point, Jonathan assures David by saying, “Don’t be afraid. My father will never find you. You are going to be the king of Israel …” (1 Samuel 23: 17). The Lord had His plan for David and at a time when he was fighting for his life he had a trustworthy friend helping him and reminding him that God had a plan.
God has a plan for your life. There may be what appear to be insurmountable obstacles but keep your focus on the Lord, obey Him in the tasks of each day and you will find yourself precisely in the centre of that plan and His will.