3. Assurance in Your Calling
As we faithfully carry out our callings, we can do so with the assurance that in the end, God’s plan will come to fruition.
Then the Lord said to Moses, “See, I have made you as God to Pharaoh, and your brother Aaron shall be your prophet. As for you, you shall speak all that I command you, and your brother Aaron shall speak to Pharaoh that he let the sons of Israel go out of his land. But I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, so that I may multiply My signs and My wonders in the land of Egypt."
Think about a favorite movie or book you’ve watched or read several times. Isn’t it interesting that even when you know the ending, you can still get caught up in the twists and turns of the plot? When the main characters break up; when the other side starts to win...we find ourselves frustrated or anxious! Even when we know the ending, it’s hard not to get distracted by the immediate circumstances at hand.
We experience something similar in our callings. We are able to possess assurance in our callings, but we often don’t. As Christians, we are called to make disciples and to reflect Christ’s love to the world. Each of us manifests this calling uniquely given the specific roles and circumstances we have been placed into. As we obey God in living out our calling, he uses our faithfulness to carry out his plan of saving people and making himself known. But it can be easy to get distracted by the setbacks at hand. It can be easy to lose sight of the ending: that God’s plan will be fulfilled.
In the Exodus story, we see several setbacks that seem to jeopardize Moses’s calling and God’s plan. Moses has been called to lead the Israelites out of slavery and into the promised land. But when Moses tells Pharaoh to let his people go, Pharaoh responds by instead making the Israelite slaves work even harder.
Moses also faces a rejection of his leadership. The Israelites get upset at Moses for confronting Pharaoh and acting as the catalyst for their increased workload. They say to Moses, “May the Lord look upon you and judge you.”
To follow this up, Moses then faces the setback of Pharaoh's hard heart. Pharaoh is resolutely against the idea of letting the Israelites go.
From the outside, it looks as if God’s plan is failing. But in reality, God is going to use these obstacles as an opportunity to put himself and his glory on display. No setback can get in the way of God’s plan. As Moses faithfully carries out his calling, he can do so with the assurance that in the end, God’s plan will come to fruition.
“I will take you for My people, and I will be your God; and you shall know that I am the Lord your God, who brought you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians,” God assures Moses in Exodus 6:7.
Like Moses, we too can possess assurance as we live out our callings. God has told us the ending: His plan to bring people into spiritual freedom and to make himself known will be brought to completion!
When we doubt this promise, we can look at the one whose assurance in God’s plan never wavered: Jesus. The religious authorities of his day questioned his ministry and sought to end it. His family members misunderstood him. His disciples missed the point of his mission. His own people wanted to crucify him. But in the face of all these circumstances that looked like setbacks, God’s plan was still victorious in the end. As Jesus hung dying on the cross, He knew that what looked like the final setback was actually the fulfillment of God’s plan. “It is finished,” were Jesus’s last words before he gave up his life.
God’s victory on the cross shows us that we can be confident in the final victory at Christ’s second coming: when all God’s people will experience eternity with him. Our only job is to continue moving forward faithfully in our callings. While we may not even see the resolution in our lifetime, God will use our faithfulness in his sovereign plan of salvation and redemption. In the presence of setbacks, remember the assurance of this victory. Remember the ending.