If you’ve ever hung around Christians you’ve probably heard them say things like “I was called…” or “when God calls you…” If you haven’t accepted Christ as your Savior yet, these types of phrases won’t make that much sense to you. You may even wonder if God has called you and you somehow missed it or didn’t realize it was God. Possibly.
People “miss” God’s call every day. In 1 Samuel 3 we see an example of this with a little boy named Samuel:
4 that the Lord called Samuel; and he said, “Here I am.” 5 Then he ran to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I did not call, lie down again.” So he went and lay down. 6 The Lord called yet again, “Samuel!” So Samuel arose and went to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he answered, “I did not call, my son, lie down again.” 7 Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, nor had the word of the Lord yet been revealed to him. 8 So the Lord called Samuel again for the third time. And he arose and went to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” Then Eli discerned that the Lord was calling the boy. 9 And Eli said to Samuel, “Go lie down, and it shall be if He calls you, that you shall say, ‘Speak, Lord, for Your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.
10 Then the Lord came and stood and called as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel said, “Speak, for Your servant is listening.” (https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20Samuel+3&version=NASB)
It took Samuel several attempts and the guidance of Eli before he recognized God’s call. We are so lucky that God is patient with us.
Sometimes God leaves no doubt when He calls you. The clarity is so sudden and so all-consuming that the choice seems to have already been made for you, leaving you to wonder how you could have been so blind. Leaving you wondering if salvation can really be so simple. Saul’s conversion in Acts 9 was one that left no doubt:
3 As he was traveling, it happened that he was approaching Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him; 4 and he fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” 5 And he said, “Who are You, Lord?” And He said, “I am Jesus whom you are persecuting, 6 but get up and enter the city, and it will be told you what you must do.” 7 The men who traveled with him stood speechless, hearing the voice but seeing no one. (https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts+9&version=NASB)
I’m not sure about you but I think I would have believed too, in an instant. Something dramatic like a voice from heaven happens and you have 2 choices, you can either believe or admit you are insane. But in this case, all those with him would have had to be insane as well.
Be ready. God may call you in an instant.
- You may be at the bedside of a dying loved one when they suddenly relax and smile while looking up at someone only they can see, and you realize things are going to be okay…and then you’ll know.
- You may be hiking in the mountains when suddenly His glory descends on you and you realize just how small you really are, it takes your breath away, and then you’ll know… 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. Romans 1:20 (https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=romans+1%3A20&version=NASB)
- You may be curled up in your bed in the middle of the day, unable to stop the tears from a broken heart, when suddenly you’re filled with a feeling of love you can’t explain..and then you’ll know.
- You may be running and scared from a home life too terrible for words when a sudden inner strength makes itself felt…and then you’ll know.
- You may be on the edge of taking your own life and you find yourself crying out to the God you swore didn’t exist, when you suddenly realize you’re not done here yet, there’s work for you to do…and then you’ll know.
- You may be reading a book about the apocalypse when you’re overcome with the realization that it isn’t just fiction…and then you’ll know.
- You may be living your normal, everyday life when you can’t shake the feeling that this day-to-day monotony cannot be all there is…
God is calling you. You are not alone. God says that if you seek Him you will find Him…
29 But from there you will seek the Lord your God, and you will find Him if you search for Him with all your heart and all your soul. Deuteronomy 4:29 (https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Deuteronomy+4:28-30&version=NASB)
Can you hear Him?