Scripture & Prayer: Lord, You Have Callings On Each One Of Us (Jolie)

Scripture & Prayer: Lord, You Have Callings On Each One Of Us (Jolie)

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“Now the Angel of the Lord came and sat under the terebinth tree which was in Ophrah, which belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, while his son Gideon threshed wheat in the winepress, in order to hide it from the Midianites. And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him, and said to him, ‘The Lord is with you, you mighty man of valor!’” (Judges 6:11-12). NKJV

Heavenly Father, thank You for the story of Gideon. There is much to learn in Judges 6-8 as we read about him. In these two verses, we are introduced to Gideon. During this time in the history of Your people, the Israelites were being oppressed, subdued and afflicted by the Midianites and Amalekites. And as You always do – You raised up a deliverer for Your people (as they cried out to You).

Gideon was threshing wheat in the wine press. Why was he threshing wheat in the wine press? Why was he not threshing wheat in the wheat fields? It says in the next sentence that he was doing it to hide it from the Midianites. We learn earlier in this chapter that the Midianites were intentionally destroying the Israelis’ crops and land – to impoverish them. So instead of defending his wheat fields, Gideon just took the wheat and hid to thresh them. But WHILE he was hiding, Lord, You showed up and called him a “mighty man of valor.” How awesome! Lord, this teaches us that You don’t define us by our present circumstances. You define us by our destiny and our calling.

Lord, we can also see this principle with the story of Moses. You pursued and called Moses to be the deliverer of Your people while he was still tending sheep on the backside of a desert. You defined Moses by his destiny, not by his present job or situation. Lord, Your prophet Samuel anointed David to be king of Israel while he was still a humble shepherd from a seemingly insignificant family. But through the Holy Spirit, Samuel saw David for his destiny – not his current occupation.

Lord, You have callings on each of us. We were each made for a specific purpose. And thankfully, You don’t define us by where we’re at now. You see us as who we were created to be. Were we called to be prayer warriors? Healers? Prophets? Deliverers? Pastors? Teachers? Evangelists? Godly parents or grandparents? Encouragers? Helpers? Were we called to make an impact for You, Lord, in the medical field? Engineering field? Retail world? … We each have a calling. And You are preparing us each for our callings. Lord, we thank You that You see us per our destiny, not as where we’re at right now. And even if we’re older, we still each have a calling and destiny. We’re not done serving You and ministering to others until You call us home. So please deal with any of us who have attitudes that we’ve lost our chance, our time to serve, minister, walk in our destiny has passed us by. You’re not done with ANY of us! We just need to see ourselves as You do! There’s always more to do, until our time is up.

If Gideon were defined by how he was when You first appeared to him – he would have never gotten far in life. He was simply hiding in a wine press to thresh wheat for his family.  But You had a calling on his life and declared that over him!

(Side note: This is yet one more reason why godly declarations can radically transform lives. Lord, You called Gideon a MIGHTY MAN OF VALOR (courage)! May we each rise up to this calling! It’s Your will that each of us are mighty men and women of courage – fearless before the enemy – bravely standing for God and God’s Word – in every circumstance!)

Gideon was called to be a deliverer. But when You found him, Lord, he was in a solitary place – doing hard manual labor. What are we doing now that is preparing us for our destinies? Moses had to spend 40 years in the desert before he was ready to lead Israel out of Egypt. Joseph had to spend several years as a slave and then in prison (being wrongfully accused) before he was used to deliver his family and multitudes of people from a severe famine. David spent years fighting wars and staying safe from Saul’s murderous rage before he was elevated to being king of Israel. What are we going through right now, that is preparing us for our destinies?

Lord, we thank You that You see us for who we were called to be – not for who we are now. May we find our identities in who we are in Christ. May we see ourselves through Your eyes. We are not just a label that the world gives us. We are not simply defined by our current job or position in life. WE ARE CALLED. WE ARE CHOSEN. WE ARE SET APART AND WE WILL FULFILL YOUR PLANS FOR OUR LIVES! WE WILL NOT VIEW OURSELVES THROUGH THE WORLD’S EYES, BUT THROUGH YOUR EYES! Thank You, God! In the most holy name of Jesus, amen.

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