One of my pet peeves is being ignored. There is nothing more irritating than calling, texting, or speaking to someone and them not answering knowing you are talking to them. If it bothers me, I can only imagine how the Father feels when He is speaking and we fail to answer. I’m guilty of ignoring Him myself and have had to repent for my disobedience. However, I must say that He certainly is not the one we need to ignore especially if we understand the implications of doing so. Years ago, my husband and I knew the Lord was calling us to a ministry assignment outside of our home church. Being the true analytic that I am, I had a million questions and ways of trying to decide the rationality of it. The more I tried to figure it out and reason with God, the more frustrated I became. Everywhere, I went there was confirmation. I couldn’t turn on the TV, radio, or even have a conversation without hearing it. Eventually, the Lord spoke very clearly and told me He wasn’t going to say anything else to me until I obeyed. For some time, I wrestled with myself. As soon as I surrendered, He instantly started giving step-by-step instructions for what He wanted us to do.
If you have ever experienced the tangible presence of God that comes through intimate fellowship with Him, it is a terrible feeling to be separated from it. There is an unexplainable void that comes with it. The truth is our disobedience breaks our fellowship with our Father. He never intended for us to be away from Him. That’s why He sent Jesus to bring us into right fellowship with Him. So, if there is, it’s because we have moved out of alignment with Him. The good thing about it all that He is waiting for us to answer Him. All He wants is a, “Yes”. Yes to His will, His Word. When we do, we are saying, “Father, we trust that you have our best interest at heart and know what is best for us”. It can be a scary thing because we don’t know what lies ahead. However, if we understand that He is the author and finisher of our faith, we can blindly follow Him. He is the one with the pen and has promised us it will end well.
11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
Even though it only lasted a few years, the Lord was very faithful to us during that season of ministry. He moved in great ways and provided everything we needed. We held service in a hotel meeting room so many different types of people came through. One Sunday, a young lady walked into the service. She said she was staying at the hotel and couldn’t sleep throughout the night. She woke up, came downstairs, and heard the service going on. Initially, she was going to stand outside and listen but she said she had to come in. My heart was so full watching the Lord bless her through His Word and receive the love that was showered upon her. We prayed for her at the end of the service and she left. Although we never saw her again, I had peace because I knew she had been impacted by what she’d experienced. Also, during that time, my precious grandfather who is now 87 years old, rededicated His life to the Lord and was a faithful member of our church. The beauty of it all was that I could never remember him attending church while growing up. He was quite skeptical about it. Later, I found out that he was once in church but had a bad experience. So, it was all the more meaningful seeing him participate in worship, outreach, bible study, and Sunday services.
Ultimately, the assignment ended but my heart was full of joy because I knew that people’s lives were impacted due to our obedience. It would’ve still been worth it even if my sweet Papa was the only one. That is why we must answer the call of God. Someone needs what God has placed inside of us. When we let our fear take over, we make the work about us and not about Him. It is true. We can’t do it in our ability but we can do it in His power. If He calls, He equips and qualifies.
Friends, the Father is calling out to you. Will you answer His call? All He wants is a Yes. The first response He needs is that of salvation. Have you accepted His invitation of salvation? If not, He is calling. Will you answer? Maybe you know of Him but you haven’t answered the call to live righteously. If not, He is calling. Will you answer? What instructions has He given you? He is calling. Will you answer?
Let Us Pray:
Father, please let those who have an ear hear what you are saying. Forgive us for our disobedience and turning a deaf ear to your call. Help us to be willing vessels. Help us to lean not unto our understanding but acknowledge you so you can direct our paths. Stir up the gifts that you have placed within us that we have allowed to lie dormant. Give us wisdom on how to cultivate such gifts so we may build your kingdom here on earth as it is in heaven. We cast out all fear and ask that you replace it with your perfect love.
In Jesus Name. Amen.
This song blessed me and reminded me of the posture we should have when God calls us. Be blessed. Enjoy!