There have been several times in my life when I’ve been called by God to say or do something that hasn’t made sense.
If you’ve experienced this, then you’ve probably been left with the same thoughts I had:
“Why in the world is God asking me to do this?”
“I can’t see any purpose behind this…”
“Why would God lead me here?”
“If God called me to this, why isn’t it working out?”
“Did I misunderstand Him?”
While there are times when we do misunderstand Him or even rush ahead of Him, there are also times when He brings us to a calling that doesn’t seem to make any sense. I obviously can’t answer specifics about your situation, but I can offer some general principles I’ve learned both in my own experience as well as ones learned from talking with other Christians who’ve been through this. I’m also sharing some tips on what to do in each situation if your calling just isn’t making sense.
There are three main reasons why God calls us to something that doesn’t make sense to us. Check out the reasons below and see which one applies to your situation. Then, apply the tips and ask God to work in your situation and to teach you something new through your situation.
The three main reasons why your calling might not be making a lot of sense to you are:
Reason #1: God is growing you and maturing your faith.
This is one we probably know about in the back of our minds, but we don’t always enjoy being reminded of it. Growing seasons can be frustrating, slow, and even painful, but they are so necessary in making us more like Christ. We come out of these times with stronger faith and a more focused mindset, and because we’ve allowed God to grow us during that time, we’re then ready for the next season or calling that He has for us.
“...when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.” - James 1:3 (NLT)
Tip: If you find yourself in a growing season, ask God to show you the areas He wants to grow or strengthen in you. Then, become aware of the times when He tries to work in those areas, and become proactive to look for opportunities to allow the Holy Spirit to grow you in those areas.
Reason #2: God is using you in someone else’s life.
Sometimes God calls us to situations or seasons because He wants to use us to help, minister to, witness to, support, or encourage someone else (or a group of people) in their lives or faith. These are times when we may feel we aren’t benefiting from our calling, and we may not even be aware that anyone else is, but we must keep in mind that God may be working in someone’s life through us and we don’t even realize it.
“Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.” - Philippians 2:4 (NLT)
Tip: If you find yourself in a season of ministering to others, ask Him for wisdom on how you can serve them even better. Look for opportunities for the Lord to use you to show His love, kindness, and comfort to others.
Reason #3: God is working behind the scenes.
Similar to the second reason, we may be called to something that may not seem to have a direct effect on us or anyone else, yet God is at work within the situation itself. If you find yourself in this type of situation, it can be so easy to doubt, to question, and to even try to give up, but please hold on tightly to your faith, and remind yourself that God is at work, even when you can’t see it. God is fulfilling a need you don’t know about yet.
“Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see.” - Hebrews 11:1 (NLT)
“...we live by believing and not by seeing.” - 2 Corinthians 5:7 (NLT)
When God calls us to something, there's always a reason, but we won't always be in on it.
Tip: If you find yourself in this type of situation, and you’re not sure why in the world you were called to it, first of all, God already knows how you feel. Cry out to Him, share your heart with Him (including your frustrations and confusion), and ask Him for wisdom. Ask Him what He wants you to do. Ask Him how you can better glorify Him in this season.
“ If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.” - James 1:5 (NLT)
All three of these reasons have one common thread running through them: obedience. They all come back to the importance of obedience. When we find ourselves in a calling that doesn’t make sense, if we don’t focus on our obedience to Him, we’ll end up focusing on the frustrating situation itself, and we’ll struggle even more with the fact that it doesn’t make sense.
If He’s called us to something, that means He takes full responsibility for the situation, and since we know He works things out for our ultimate good (Romans 8:28), we must trust that He will be faithful to keep His word.
When we choose obedience, when we choose faith, when we choose trust, then we choose to delight in Him, we choose to find our joy in Him, we choose to find our fulfillment in Him… not in the calling itself.
So if your calling isn’t making sense to you right now, you’ve got a choice to make, my friend, and that choice will determine whether you’re able to rest and be at peace in your confusing calling, or whether you stay confused and conflicted.
What will you choose?
I hope you’ll choose to trust and obey and leave the rest to Him.
“...we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” - Romans 8:28 (NLT)
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