By: Dawn Ashley
Have you ever found yourself wondering what is the call God has on your life? Is there a bigger purpose for your life? Why is God waiting so long to reveal these answers in your life? Why has God allowed you to walk through some of the difficulties you have in your life? Maybe you even feel like you have had to walk through far too many difficulties and if God is for you and has a call and purpose for your life why is He waiting so long to reveal it? Why did He not rescue you from all the hard times you have endured? Why is God still allowing the storms of life to reign down on you? As you sit back at the end of 2016 and reflect on all it held for you, the good and the bad and as you begin to set goals or New Year’s resolutions for yourself for 2017, do you find yourself asking some of these questions? I believe many have been asking these questions throughout the year, some of you for most of your life.
I want to encourage you today with a message I feel the Lord gave me just this week in response to this burning question I believe is happening in the hearts and minds of many of God’s children. A question that I believe God is saying is burning in the hearts of those for which He has an assignment, a calling beyond what you could ever imagine, a purpose greater than yourself. I believe 2017 is going to be a year of greater revelation for many of God’s people.
My friends, God did not stop all our storms, but the ones He did not stop He walked with us through them. He did not leave us alone and He never took his eye off of us. We serve El Roi, the God Who Sees. God is the Creator and he did not create you by accident but rather he created you to have purpose and meaning and ultimately to give Him glory.
Everyone who is called by My name and whom I have created for My glory, Whom I have formed, even who I have made. (Isaiah 43:7)
God didn’t stop the storm that took the life of His own son, but do you think he left Him? Do you think he didn’t see what we did to Jesus? Do you think He didn’t love Him or have a call on his life? Jesus Christ was sent to this earth on an assignment . An assignment to save the world. Yet he faced many storms. He was flogged, had a crown of thorns put on his head and was mocked, slapped in the face, and crucified naked when there were no basis for the charges against Him. Jesus did not doubt God in the storm. In fact he said:
“You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above.” John 19:11
If there was a reason, a greater purpose, an assignment, a calling on Jesus life despite this huge storm, why do we doubt the calling on our life or that God might have a reason for the storms in our life as well?
As God began to reveal this to me this week, I believe He said, being a Christian when life is good is easy. My people are in training for something bigger. What I am developing in them occurs when life is hard. Where I am calling my people is to the broken, hurting people in this world who desperately need me and they will not be able to relate to them until they too learn to weather the storms. They can’t share the hope of Christ until they first have experienced it themselves. I am not punishing my people, I am training them. Some of them have endured more than others, some of them require more training. Just as in the life, the larger roles in life often require more education. If you are going through a longer season of training it might just be to prepare you for something God has to first train you.
So I encourage you in 2017 to simply allow your resolution to be to embrace the training and have faith in the call that will be revealed on the other side of it. Don’t ask God why the storm? Don’t ask God why He won’t he stop it? Ask God what He wants to develop in you through it? What does He want to teach you? Then embrace it. You are God’s masterpiece. You may not feel like a masterpiece but it doesn’t make it any less true. Gideon didn’t feel like a valiant warrior either but God sees us not for who we are in our own self but for who we have become in Christ and He will continue the good work in each of us.
Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6
So in 2017 let’s take heart and praise Him as Elohim, our Creator, Who has made you and given you great work. God is sovereign and in total control of our lives which is why we my friends can place our full confidence in him without any hesitation because our God has the amazing ability to work all things together for good to those who love Him and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28)