There is a saying in my native african language which expresses the fact that we only fear the one who sends us on an errand, not the one to whom we are sent. This comes from the idea that you can only be 'sent' by someone above you, either in age or rank. I would like to add to this and say that the one who sends you will also equip you for the errand or journey. A postman does not provide the bicycle or delivery van needed for his job nor does he provide his own uniform.
In one of Kenneth Hagin Snr.'s sermons, he talked about how a project to build a larger church (building) got to a stage where some people around him got worried. Fear of not being able to 'finish the job' got people panicky. His response was simple and I paraphrase: "It's God church project, he started it so let him complete it! It is not unusual that we worry about things we cannot control; I can imagine that for such a project, one feels the need to know where all the funds will be coming from. Once we cannot see it, we sometimes lose hope.
I was pleased to come across two men in the bible whose situations clarified a lot for me. The first man is Bezalel, (Exodus35:30-35), whose story can be found in
The second is Cyrus, (Isaiah 45:1-6), whose story really begins in Isaiah 44:28. Chapter 45 begins by stating that Cyrus is the Lord's anointed - that is defintely a good beginning. Cyrus has been recognized as being 'dedicated to the service of God', just like (and this is really not the best comparison), James Bond 007. Not 'on her majesty's service' but 'On His Majesty's Service'.
We are then told that he was empowered in his right hand to subdue nations before him. Reading further, we find out that though God had empowered him, the Lord still went before him to level mountains, that is, to remove hindrances to God's ordained plan. We are later informed that Cyrus will be given treasures - secret riches. And why this priviledge? Just so he knows that God is the one who called him (by name)! [Help and blessings walk hand in hand when you are SENT or CALLED by God.] With all of this information, we could say that Cyrus was lucky. Luck had however, nothing to do with it! His life had been pre-planned by God and it was this same God send who was sending him on this errand.
Just in case Cyrus thought he had 'arrived' and were to get a bit carried away, the Lord explained to Cyrus why he was the one CHOSEN for this particular work. Verse 6 has the answer:
That men may know from the east and the rising of the sun and from the west and the setting of the sun that there is no God besides Me. I am the Lord, and no one else [is He]. (Amplified Bible)
We are sent or called by God for this purpose - to show forth his glory. There is no need to fret about how the work will be done nor worry about the things required. He who calls the 'called' and sends the 'sent' has already made the plans and stocked up the supplies. The questions we should now ask ourselves are:
- Have we answered our true calling?
- Are we in the right place?
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