For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my
I praise you, for I am fearfully and
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.
My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths
of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every
one of them,
the days that were formed for
when as yet there was none of
As graduation from seminary approaches, I have been reminded that the Lord has a plan for each and every one of us, and that His plan was forged before I was even formed. In the hustle and bustle of the business world, or the endless assignments, papers, and tests of school, we often become so consumed with what is due next, we forget that God is the one directing our steps. However, when we are in between jobs, finishing school, or starting a new phase of our lives we are quickly reminded that the Lord is the Sovereign ruler of the universe, which includes the jobs we take. He is the one who has sustained us through the countless hours of projects, papers, and tests. He is the one who has placed those difficult circumstances in our lives, shaping and molding us into the men and women He would have us to be, so He can use us how He sees fit. He is the one who will direct our steps into the next phase of life.
As I near the end of my studies, I am thankful for the sustaining power of the Lord, but more importantly I have learned that wherever the Lord places me, He has truly called me to be there. The same is true for you as well. This means, when the Lord provides us with a job, career, or ministry opportunity, we should recognize it for what it is, a calling from the Lord to a particular place, people, and responsibilities. As a result, we should serve Him diligently in the role He has placed us.
A Few Questions to Ask Yourself
In order to serve the Lord in our positions and community best, we should ask a few questions of ourselves:
- Why would God place me in this position at this time?
- What is it about this city, state, or region that God would see fit to place me there? In other words, do I know a lot of people in this area, or does my skill set suit these people particularly well?
- What do I believe God would have me accomplish for His kingdom in this particular place or position?
- What skills has He been developing in me that could be used to meet the particular needs of those He has called me to serve, or could be used in the surrounding community?
The Lord directs our steps and sustains us, as well as He uses us to accomplish His will. This means every place we live and every position we are given is from the Lord. As a result, we should seek to understand how we can best serve Him there, and then work that out until He calls us somewhere else. May we all remember this week that the Lord will provide a position for us, as well as that our future position and the position we currently hold, or community in which we currently live, was designed by God, and serves as an opportunity for ministry.