10 August 2019
Esther 4, Jeremiah 29:4–14
“Who knows, perhaps you have come to your royal position for such a time as this” Ester 4:14
“The LORD called me before I was born. He named me while I was in my mother’s womb.” Isaiah 49:1
“I chose you before I formed you in the womb; I set you apart before you were born. I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5
It sounds so wonderful, at times, to know that God as set a plan in place for us. The problem is that most people who share such a setting apart are few and far between. For whatever reason, God speaks to some, and not to others. God sometimes speaks once, and then nothing.
On the other hand, often the dreams and desires of our earthly parents feel more like a dead weight than helpful. Perhaps it’s that, “they don’t really know me” feeling is part of it. We don’t have that excuse with God.
However, if we look at those in the Scriptures who had that God called me to experience, it generally didn’t include gentle and warm stories. It often involved heartache, courage, loss, pain, slavery, exclusion. It wasn’t fun. A lot of us understand that truth, and yet still ache to hear God call us.
1) Do you think the desire for God’s call is our God-ly wiring, or do you think is because of the distortion we experience because of sin?
2) Even people who have “heard” from God often still seek it. Why do you think that is?
3) What are ways you should be looking to hear from God?