“Calling” is kind of a trending topic in modern Christianity. Who has called me to be? What has he called me to do? Those are BIG questions that can haunt our lives in times of loneliness and despair. They can also be boosting questions in times of reassurance and success. To know that you are doing exactly what the Lord has called you to do is life-giving joy.
In the Morning Men’s Study we will be diving into this question through the eyes of the Old Testament character Samuel. He had several callings from God – Judge, Prophet, Priest, Mediator between Israel and God, and Kingmaker. In each of these roles, he was simply listening to what God called him to do. This did not mean every day at the office was a breeze – he faced rejection and tragedy as the people surrounding him fought God at every turn. However, he was could sleep at night knowing that God was behind him.
Samuel is set in the period of the Judges of Israel. This is the period right after Israel enters into Promised Land. It is summed up by one damning verse, “In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in their own eyes” (Judg. 17:6). Samuel was born into a lawless society. Yoked in slavery. Enemies on all sides. Idolatry rampant. A people bent on rejecting God. He was called to this people. Every role that he was given was a relational one. Samuel was always called to serve the people of Israel, and it was always according to the needs of the people.
Now, you may be asking yourself how you compare to someone whom God spoke to very clearly. That is an important question, but that will be the question we will ask on a weekly basis. That is the question of application – how does what the Bible say relate to where I am at in today’s world? Each week will have its own application as you join with us in discovering God’s will. I can’t wait to dive in with you!