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     From My Utmost for His Highest

I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: ’Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?’ Then I said, ’Here am I! Send me’Isaiah 6

Sometimes men refuse the call of God because they’re worried that He’ll tell them to go somewhere they don’t want to go. I get that, but it’s the wrong thing to worry about.

In my experience, it’s not that God will ask you to do something you don’t want to do.  He most certainly will.  Count on that. But it’s no cause to worry because . . .

. . . if you’re doing it right—if you’ve really surrendered your will to God—then what would have been terrible becomes your pleasure to accomplish. 

Chambers says, “The call of God is not a reflection of my nature; my personal desires and temperament are of no consideration. As long as I dwell on my own qualities and traits and think about what I am suited for, I will never hear the call of God.” In fact, all of Scripture confirms that God chooses the least likely for each task over and over.

With me, God didn’t say, “Write a book.” 

He said, “Prepare to give a lesson without any notes.” And then He said, “Write it down so you’ll remember it.” And then He said, “Write twelve emails over twelve weeks to folks you know.” 

At each step, I saw a little bit more of the path, but never the whole journey.  I’m sure I missed things and I stand, today, just as in the dark as I did last October, in that class without a note. 

The. Only. Thing. I. Can. Do is keep my eyes fixed on God.  I’ll close with the rest of Chambers’ paragraph:

But when God brings me into the right relationship with Himself, I will be in the same condition Isaiah was. Isaiah was so attuned to God, because of the great crisis he had just endured, that the call of God penetrated his soul. The majority of us cannot hear anything but ourselves. And we cannot hear anything God says. But to be brought to the place where we can hear the call of God is to be profoundly changed.

I love you.


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