Devo | God is Calling--Or is He? | A Biblical Look at God's Calling

Pastor Jordan Clark

Before we dive head first into this topic we first understand three fundamental truths about God and the way He works in our lives.

1. God is calling humanity back to Him. This is the fundamental call in everyone’s life.

-The concept of reconciliation back to God is the fundamental truth of the entirety of scripture. Adam and Eve are given one rule in the garden of eden—do not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. They commit this sin and run out of the garden in shame. God looks for them then commands them to atone for their sin.

Atone simply means to make amends. Jewish law (the Ten Commandments) and their consequences for sinful nature is wrapped around restoration and reconciliation.

Deuteronomy 7:12 “Then it shall come about, because you listen to these judgements and keep and do them, that the Lord your God will keep with you His covenant and His loving

Deuteronomy 8:1-3 “…He humbled you and let you be hungry, and fed you with manna which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that he might make you understand that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord.

2. God does not trick, deceive or toy with people. God is perfect, the enemy is the deceiver—not God.

-The Devil deceives Eve in the garden by convincing her that God is being unfair in not giving them the tree of knowledge (of good and evil). He explains that God is being unfair and they will not die if they disobey God—of course thye disobey God and bring sin into the world. The consequence of this sin is death and eternity in Hell—complete eternal separation from God.

“Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, ‘indeed, has God said, you shall not eat from any tree of the garden?’ Genesis 3:1-6

3. What you do in this life is not who you are. Your job, career, path does not define your identity. If you repent and turn to Jesus Christ your identity is found in being a child of God.

This life is short and final. We have only one life to live. This can scare us and make us nervous in thinking “Did I choose the right thing?” Or when we cannot hear from God this can give us anxiety if we are not confident in if we are following His call in our life. Remember, your ultimate call is to come back to Christ—if you have done that you are already following your call.

“just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love. He predestined us to adoption as sons (and daughters) through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. In Him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace.” Ephesians 1:4-7

Now we will be calling upon these three essential truths as we discover how God has called different people throughout scripture. We will break down these interactions with God in different categories.

Biblical Examples of God’s Calling:

God Calls out to Us in Different Ways—

Obedience First (testing) then Instruction:

Daniel gains favour from God because He does not defile himself (Daniel 1:8-10)—this relationship leads Daniel to be saved from the Lion’s Den and get a vision from God in Daniel 6.

Miraculous Visions:

Abraham has a vocal and listening relationship with God when God gives him a vision of having a son in Genesis 15. Ezekiel sees a grand vision of a cherubim (that is on fire) in Ezekiel 1 which then leads him to take on the sins of the nation upon himself after seeing this.

Community or People we Love:

Ruth and Naomi have their husbands (Naomi’s son) die unexpectedly. God speaks to Ruth through Naomi to help lead Ruth to meet Boaz in the farm fields (Ruth never hears directly from God but still obeys God’s calling).

Redemptive Power:

Saul in the New Testament is directly opposing to God –but God finds Him on the road (Jesus) and brings Him to repent to Jesus. Paul is made blind but then saved from blindness through Ananius, Paul then becomes a huge church planter and spreader of God’s good news.

–Acts 9 & 10

Your Calling isn’t just one specific thing or job. This isn’t a formula; you can do many things in this life with God’s Glory Shining Through.

Let us look at the story of Jonah. Go ahead and read Jonah—He was called by God to save Nineveh (through repentance) and Jonah disobeyed God. Jonah actually refused God. Now God intervenes, causes him to fall overboard, he spends three days In the whale and is finally convicted to go save Nineveh. Now, this city is saved and Jonah is actually upset—the book ends with Jonah complains to God for not destroying the city.

“[But Nineveh’s Repentance} greatly displeased Jonah, and he became angry. Then he prayed to the Lord and said, ‘Please Lord, was this not what I said when I was still in my own country? Therefore in anticipation of this I fled to Tarshish, since I knew that You are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abundant in mercy, and One who relents of disaster.” –Jonah 3:1-11

Jonah disobeyed God yet God still used Jonah—God’s will was done regardless of what Jonah wanted to do. God even gives Him another chance at the end to change his mind or posture towards the city but Jonah does not repent.

Daniel is an excellent story to compare to the story of Jonah because Daniel’s heart is the complete opposite—Daniel does not have a clear “instruction” especially since being taken under the king’s rule but he does not bow down to the specific laws the king was instituting (which were ungodly). Daniel’s call wasn’t about starting something new, building a specific church, or doing one specific thing for God however Daniel’s call was to continually worship God regardless of location and circumstances.

Jonah had a clear job, Daniel did not. Jonah does not obey and worship God, Daniel does and yet God provides miraculously for both. God’s glory does shine through in both situations however Jonah’s is not very fruitful compared to Daniel’s.

To hear from God is to spend time with the Holy Spirit. Spend countless hours with Him, meditate on God’s word, ask the Holy Spirit to speak to you—give everything in your life to God.

“I will ask the Father, and He will give you another [g]Helper, so that He may be with you forever; 17 the Helper is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him; but you know Him because He remains with you and will be in you.

18 “I will not leave you as orphans; I am coming to you. 19 [h]After a little while, the world no longer is going to see Me, but you are going to see Me; because I live, you also will live. 20 On that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you are in Me, and I in you.”

John 14:16-20

We must remember that the Lord has not stopped working—next week we will talk more about hearing God.We are to consume Christ as our daily bread and always interacting with the Holy Spirit which is indwelled within us.The Spirit gives us visions, speaks to us, brings us back to God’s word and comforts us.The Spirit also convicts us, judges us and reveals truth to us—He keeps us in proper line/communication with the Father.

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