There is a great hymn entitled, Go Where I Send Thee, and it articulates how God designs opportunities for each of us to engage. The question is are we willing to go? For where He is leading may not always appear to be our most appealing options:
Places: Sometimes the places God desires to send us can seem confusing at first, and we may initially want to resist it, but if we are seeking God in our life and heeding His call, we can’t ignore the conviction. Just like Abraham and Moses spent time in strange lands, God knew where and why He was leading them as He did. Their wisdom, like ours, rests in their faithful willingness to obey, regardless of sight (Hebrews 11:8-10).
People: God will also direct us to engage with various types of people. From strangers off the street, to family members across the table, there can be purposeful impact with every interaction (Matthew 25:35-40). Whether rich, or poor, enemy, or friend, how we choose to capitalize on these encounters is up to us. He designs the opportunities, and empowers our ability to engage effectively – but will we choose to surrender all restraint and allow ourselves to be used in such a way, even for those we find most difficult?
Positions: Joseph’s life provides a perfect picture to the various positions God may permit us to hold for His purposes. Going from an esteemed position in his home, to a slave in a foreign land and then to a falsely accused prisoner didn’t seem like a blessed path at the time. However, history confirms how God used it all for good as He prepared one of His own to assume a position of power in order to have His provisions flow to the benefit of others (Genesis 50:20). Consider – how might our current circumstances be God orchestrating similar opportunities for us? However, if all we seek is personal power and promotion, we will miss the hidden blessings waiting for us in the seemingly “lower” positions. Therefore, let us always trust God no matter the peaks and valleys He allows to come our way.
Application: “Servant To The Sovereign” – Isaiah 6:8
Do we faithfully serve God with our best only during the good times, or will we trust Him all the time and see every person, place and position as opportunities for growth and service to Him? After all, as His servants, surrendered to His calling, we go where He sends us, regardless to location, income and/or status. For we are to be the light that brightens the darkness and unless we are willing to go – who is left to be sent?