Have you ever wondered about why is it that God often calls us to those places that we would have once said “No! I will NEVER go there!” or “I will NEVER do that!” ? It seems like God wants to laugh at us and tease us, saying “Yes, you will!” But it actually isn`t really the case. Why? This post will tell you.
First of all, the major mistake in this kind of thinking is chronology. God told Jeremiah,
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” (Jeremiah 1:5)
Jeremiah was chosen before his birth. Actually, even he was telling, don`t make me do this – I am too young (1:6). But the point is, God knew what Jeremiah was supposed to do before his birth. We were chosen for a certain place in our lives even before our parents met each other. Another place in the Bible says,
Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them. (Psalm 139:16)
God had prepared all our days beforehand, so that we would be able to do our mission – the reason why we are on this earth.
Why then we often don`t want to go where God has called us to?
Picture is not full yet. There is also Satan, who has come to destroy everything, as Jesus (John 10:10) helpfully describes it to us. Ever since the day he found out that you were going to be called for a special ministry, for a special mission, he has been doing everything he could to try and thwart that. The obvious way to try to do that is to make you hate or fear or simply dislike the place or the ministry, or the community, or the race or nation, that he is supposed to minister in. If he is successful in that, he loses less souls in his eternal fight with God.
So, as James says,
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. (James 4:7-8a)
Resist the devil also in his trying to thwart your calling, but instead draw near to God and submit to him. Then he will draw near to you and be with you (Jer. 1:8, Josh. 1:9, Heb. 13:5).