Sometimes we find ourselves on a path well-suited for our talents, abilities, and comfort level. At other times, we can barely wait to get off the stage, hating every moment of what we’re doing. But which one is the path God chooses for us?
We like to think that an open door indicates a path created by God—especially if it’s one that seems appealing. But God expects us to wait on Him, trust Him, seek His face and turn from sin in order to hear from His heart. It is then that He’s able to make his will clear. There are no shortcuts.
Looking for doors that pop open as we walk by is not an option. Once we’re willing to make our talents, time, and resources available for His use without hesitation, that’s a start. But there’s something even more difficult.
Are we willing to be in a position where we don’t have the natural ability, or training, or confidence to do what God has told us to do? In other words, will we submit to being outside our comfort zone? What if we make a mistake or do something that makes us look stupid? Or perhaps we see it as something beneath our calling. For example, if I’m a doctor, am I willing to helping someone dig a well, or change a transmission, or build a cooking fire? I should be.
In scripture we’re reminded time and again that God uses both scenarios above to shape us—to mold us into the men and women he wants us to be, and to trust Him completely.
In Genesis we see that Joseph was thrown into jail for being a righteous man. From first glance, all seemed to be lost until God used Joseph’s talents and abilities to carry out His plan and save the nations and His people as a result.
In Exodus, Moses appeared to have difficulty speaking in public or under pressure, but God called him to address Pharaoh, Ruler of all Egypt on behalf of His chosen people—multiple times! God’s power is made perfect in weakness. Moses didn’t want to be involved with the task at hand, but God insisted he do so. The result of Moses’ obedience altered the course of history forever.
These were not easy, open doors—they were difficult, painful circumstances that were for a purpose that neither of those men understood at the time. But it was not a requirement that they understand—it was a requirement that they be obedient.
There’s no secret formula for being in the center of God’s will other than prayer and obedience. It may not be represented by a wide-open, inviting door. It may resemble a menial task or a painful experience for which we can’t see a purpose.
The path God chooses for us is necessary. The choice is ours. Will we allow Him to work through us regardless of the call, or will we insist on waiting for the glory stuff?