Romans 8:28 “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
Imagine feeling frightened and inept, and being assigned a momentous task that seems beyond your strength and abilities. This was the situation that both Esther and Moses found themselves in. They were called by God to serve in ways which tested their faith and dedication to God. When God called Moses to lead the Israelites out of Egypt, “…Moses said to God, ‘Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?’” (Exodus 3:10-12). Moses had a speech impediment, was a fugitive, and seriously doubted that he had the qualifications to be the leader of a nation. Similarly, when Mordecai instructed Esther to go before the King to deliver her people, it was tempting to remain silent (Esther 4:11, 16). But Esther and Moses were called by God for a purpose and had untapped courage, tenacity, and talents that they were not even aware of. Everything that led up to them being given the assignments of their lives positioned and prepared them for what they were called to do (Esther 4:14).
As the accounts of Moses and Esther illustrate, being called by God almost always comes by assignment—not by choice (2 Timothy 1:9). God chooses where and when we are called to serve. The things that God calls us to do often push us beyond our comfort zone and test our limits. God always “equips the called,” giving us the strength, resources, and ability to follow His calling (Psalm 18:32, 33; 1 Peter 4:10-11). Both Esther and Moses faced a moment of truth when God presented them with difficult assignments. They could have let their fears and doubts overwhelm them and chosen to reject God’s assignment. Responding to God’s call is a matter of faith, trust, obedience, and maturity. Furthermore, it requires complete surrender to God.
The Bible is filled with the accounts of women and men who were called to serve God in ways that they felt were beyond their capacity. The stories of their acceptance of God’s call are examples for us to gain courage from and to follow when we ourselves hear God’s call. There is nothing more rewarding or fulfilling than being of service to God. Answering His call gives us a chance to roll up our sleeves and do something that has real lasting meaning and purpose. Those who choose to follow God’s call “shine like a star in the universe” (Philippians 2:15; 2 Corinthians 4:4-6), reflecting God’s light in darkened places and ultimately accomplishing His divine purpose.
written by Lisa Stafford-Johnson, DC