While we continue to deal with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, I believe we have a great opportunity to represent Jesus well as we respond to God’s calling with a hearty, “Here Am I”! Over the next 5 days I will continue sharing the devotions from my “Here Am I” book to help each of us pray about our response to God as He calls us to Himself. Through time in prayer, this devotional journal was written to help you see and respond to God’s calling as you see Him working in your “everyday” life.
Here is day twenty-seven with an important reminder that you, and those around you, have been called by God to be an example in the way you suffer.
Called To Be Sure
“Therefore, my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you will never fall, and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.“
2 Peter 1:10-11 (NIV)
Are there things you are certain about? What? Have you ever been sure about something only to find out later you were wrong? Why? How much power does doubt have in your life? Why? What things tend to feed your doubt? Have you ever been sure of something only to have it not come to pass? Why? What does that do to your sense of certainty about other things? How reliable do you believe God to be? Does His faithfulness give you greater confidence in the things He has called you to? Should it?
Living with certainty in a very uncertain world can be a rather elusive thing. Fortunately, the certainty that you and I are called to in Christ is not based on our ability but rather on His faithfulness. While our calling by God is sure because of His faithfulness, it is our daily walk by faith that helps to erase whatever doubts the enemy may attempt to plant in our mind. The doubts will come and go because we have a tendency to stumble throughout our walk. When we hold fast to God’s calling to be sure, we find that nothing can make us fall. Living with certainty in our calling from God ought to equip us to walk by faith no matter what.
As you pray about being called to be sure, ask God to help you be fully aware of His faithfulness throughout all generations. Pray that you would look to Him for a certainty that overcomes your doubts. Pray for an increased faith that gives you a confidence in God’s ability to pick you up when you stumble. Pray that the people around you would see your unfailing confidence in God even when you have doubts in yourself. Pray that your faith would grow beyond the doubts of the world.