Does every believer have a calling? Some have said they used to feel like they did, but then life happened dealing them unexpected suffering, trauma or loss, and now they are left to wonder and question the very foundation of their faith.
Life transitions may have left you feeling as if you lost your calling and your purpose.
I once read that when centurions were interviewed about how they had lived such a long and fruitful life, and the top answer given was that they had been able to deal with their losses. We want to know the specifics of how they did that, don’t we?
Ask any Christian, and they would say, as if on autopilot, “read the Word and pray”, but even the Word, described as living and active, may have become dull and what should be light, has become dark and depressive.
The good news is that there is hope! Dr. Michelle Bengtson has written a new book titled Hope Prevails which deals with the topic of depression and it certainly would be an encouragement to those sinking in depression.
Overcoming emotional problems provides healing that leads to spiritual growth #hopeprevails
God has a wonderful calling for His people…and an amazing calling for you.
For you have been called for this purpose since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example to follow in His steps. (1 Peter 2:9 NAS)
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellences of Him who has called you out of the darkness into his marvelous light. (1 Peter 2:9 NAS)
God is faithful, through whom you were called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. (1 Corinthians 1:9 NAS)
Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass. (1 Thessalonians 5:24)
I love this verse because it reminds me it is God who brings about His calling in us. We can live within His calling and purpose for our lives, resting in peaceful anticipation for His next step, as we continue to look into the bible for guidance and patience along the way.
Bridge photos courtesy of Kathy Guzzo
Repurposed Faith: Breathing New Life into Your Quiet Time By Rosie J. Williams. Watch for it in the fall of 2016!