Following God's Call
But Moses said to the Lord, "O my Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor even now that you have spoken to your servant; but I am slow of speech and slow of tongue." Then the Lord said to him, "Who gives speech to mortals? Who makes them mute or deaf, seeing or blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you are to speak." But he said, "O my Lord, please send someone else." Then the anger of the Lord was kindled against Moses and he said, "What of your brother Aaron the Levite? I know that he can speak fluently; even now he is coming out to meet you, and when he sees you his heart will be glad. You shall speak to him and put the words in his mouth; and I will be with your mouth, and will teach you what you shall do. He indeed shall speak for you to the people; he shall serve as a mouth for you, and you shall serve as God for him. Take in your hand this staff, with which you shall perform the signs." Exodus 4: 10-17 (NRSV)
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. Proverbs 3:5 (NRSV)
Gene Lankford is from Alabama. Years ago, in responding to God's call to pastoral ministry, Gene had a choice. He could continue working at his full-time job and serve as a part-time pastor, or he could give up his job and be a full-time pastor. Both are valid ways to serve God. He felt a pull toward full-time ministry, but he was uncertain if he could support his family on a pastor's salary. He kept anxiously trying to calculate his expenses against that income, and it did not look promising. Gene trusted that if it was God's call, it would work out; but still he was uncertain. Finally he said, "Okay, God, if you open the door to a full-time church position, I will walk through that door." Then he felt peace and certainty about God's call.
When we are trying to arrange life on our own terms, we cannot be fully attentive to God's call, whatever that may be. Gene has served as a full-time pastor for more than 25 years now and has never regretted that decision. If we begin to entrust the future to God, we can find peace and clarity.
Prayer: Gracious and loving God, help us to truly listen and respond to your call for our lives. Help us always to trust you, in Jesus' name. Amen.