I saw a picture once, of a man standing at the end of the road, all alone in a desolate place. Perhaps you are feeling like this gentleman? He was on a lonely desolate road that seems untraveled, dry, and long. He may not know specifically where he is headed, but he’s called and chosen.
Sometimes our calling is not real clear, so we move ahead, not fully understanding the plan that has been mapped out. Or do we stay back and wait till it’s all laid out? I’ve found, sometimes it’s best to start walking and then the road opens up before us and God reveals things.
Don’t you just love when God reveals a truth to you, or you see something that you’ve never seen before? I love when the new is revealed. The Holy Spirit is our teacher, yet God positions us before Pastors, teachers, and mentors, all ordained to help nourish our spiritual life. Paul had such a unique experience with Jesus when He revealed Himself to him. Now Paul is teaching the Galatians and sharing his way before Christ.
Paul is explaining to the church in Galatia that his, “Previous way of life in Judaism, he intensely persecuted the church of God and tried to destroy it.” (Galatians 1: 13) Paul was called by the grace of God after Jesus clearly revealed Himself, and he was blinded by the light on the road to Damascus.
- Seeing Jesus is the ultimate revelation.
(Shared from Galatians 1, Modified)
Being Called And Chosen Includes Opposition
Even though we don’t want to hear that, it is part of being made strong. Opposition teaches us to stay strong in the Lord, and not in our own strength. It teaches us to fight when we want to retreat. Fighting may mean to stand and trust.
Jeremiah was speaking to the Philistines, as he continues to prophesy this, “For the day has come to destroy all the Philistines and to cut off all survivors who could help Tyre and Sidon.” (Jeremiah 47: 4)
Moab is next on his firing list. “Flee! Run for your lives; because like a bush in the desert. Since you trust in your deeds and riches, you too will be taken captive.” (Jeremiah 48: 6-7)
Jeremiah, often called the weeping prophet, says, “Therefore, I will wail over Moab, for all Moab I cry out. I moan for the men of Kir Hareseth.” (Jeremiah 48: 31)
Do you see the love Jeremiah has for the nations? He is grieved that he has to speak doom and gloom.
- Being called as a prophet often requires being not liked.
- It can be a lonely road that most may not desire to travel on.
- Be kind to the prophets, their job is not easy.
Oh, how we need Jesus to come and restore! But, His children never listen. Rebellion has been from long ago. We see it then and we see it now.
Isaiah said it this way, “In all their distress He too was distressed, and the angel of His presence saved them. In His love and mercy He redeemed them; He lifted them up and carried them all the days of old.” (Isaiah 63: 9-10)
A common theme that the prophets are called to is–to call the nations to repentance and to faith in a holy, all-powerful God.
(Shared from Jeremiah 47-48, Modified)
Being Called And Chosen Keeps Us Crying Out
There are times in our walk and assignments that will keep us crying out. David said, “When my Spirit grows faint within me, it is you who know my way. In the path where I walk men have hidden a snare for me. See me from my prison, that I may praise you name. Then the righteous will gather about me because of your goodness to me.” (Psalm 142: 3-4, 7-8)
(Shared from Psalm 142, Modified)
- In times of walking ahead, the road may seem long, but the journey has been set before us.
Paul was on a road pursuing something else when, “As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him.” (Acts 9: 3)
- Our God is able to get us on the right path at the right time to complete the journey that HE has marked out for us.
- Wherever we go on our journey, we journey NOT alone!
- He has given His angels charge over us.
UNBROKEN LOVE SERIES
You can find all of the Unbroken Love series posts by clicking the button below.