“I have posted watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem; they will never be silent day or night. You who call on the LORD, give yourselves no rest.” Isaiah 62:6
The words call and calling come to us from the Latin word vocatio, from which we get our English word vocation. A vocation is a calling, a recognition that someone (God) or something (a cause, a particular group of people, an opportunity to seize or problem to solve) has taken hold of us and won’t let go. It’s a summons, if you will. The prophet Jeremiah was called to prophesy to Judah and her surrounding nations, and he described his call as a “fire shut up in my bones” (Jeremiah 20:9).
A calling seizes you, takes hold of you. You don’t invent it. It’s not the same as thinking logically through a career path. You don’t make it up; it comes to you. You might come to understand it as something that’s been present in your life for a long time, but even then it’s something from outside yourself. As I’m describing it here, it comes from God.
Calling is not just for those who believe they’re summoned to church work. My friend James feels called to address the global HIV/ AIDS crisis. Nehemiah was called to lead a massive public works project. Esther was called to help avert wide- spread genocide.
Editor: I have heard the Lord on myriad occasions speaking to me. It is usually a small voice, one that I’m working on hearing better. After going back and forth between Judaism and Christianity for years (there’s a whole lot of background there…), I finally asked Him. “You know what’s real and right and You cannot lie. Should I be a Jew or a Christian?” I was standing in front of my dormroom wardrobe, when He said, “Jesus is My Son, whom I love. Believe in Him.” Awesome, really, right?!! Another time, a friend and I were walking through the top of Mendleton whose acoustics produced quite a loud echo. He told me to drop my bags and proclaim His name. So I did, at the top of my lungs: “JESUS CHRIST IS LLLLLOOOORRRRRDDD!!!” My girlfriend simply said, “He told you to say that, didn’t He?” I nodded in agreement as I gathered my bags. So there is a time when God speaks to me, and when He gives me a broader calling through what I call “visual dreams.” He is not easy to always understand, but I feel He speaks to His interested children who love Him.
What has the Lord Almighty said to you? Have you heard God’s call?
From Summoned, a devotion on http://bible.com/
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