Live as You Are Called
17 Only let each person lead the life[c] that the Lord has assigned to him, and to which God has called him. This is my rule in all the churches.18 Was anyone at the time of his call already circumcised? Let him not seek to remove the marks of circumcision. Was anyone at the time of his call uncircumcised? Let him not seek circumcision. 19 For neither circumcision counts for anything nor uncircumcision, but keeping the commandments of God. 20 Each one should remain in the condition in which he was called. 21 Were you a bondservant[d] when called? Do not be concerned about it. (But if you can gain your freedom, avail yourself of the opportunity.) 22 For he who was called in the Lord as a bondservant is a freedman of the Lord. Likewise he who was free when called is a bondservant of Christ. 23 You were bought with a price; do not become bondservants of men. 24 So, brothers,[e] in whatever condition each was called, there let him remain with God. 1 Corinthians 7 ESV
Sometimes I strive against the constraints of my circumstances. Sometimes, I want desperately to change them. But the Lord has assigned a life to me. And it is entirely in Him, that the shape, trajectory, and horizon of that life is held. I need to learn to stop striving. Cease. Remain with God.
I need to treasure my freedom as a bondservant of Christ. I pray I be at peace in the circumstances I continually find myself.
66 Shout for joy to God, all the earth;
2 sing the glory of his name;
give to him glorious praise!
3 Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds!
So great is your power that your enemies come cringing to you.
4 All the earth worships you
and sings praises to you;
they sing praises to your name.” Psalm 66 ESV
The earth worships the Lord. Creation sings. I feel; I hear the song… when I let myself pause. And my whole self sighs; I shrug cares away… everything is singing His Name. Whether I recognize it; whether I am in tune with it; whether I am present enough to sing, too. It matters not. “All the earth worships You….”
22 In the time of his distress he became yet more faithless to the Lord—this same King Ahaz. 23 For he sacrificed to the gods of Damascus that had defeated him and said, “Because the gods of the kings of Syria helped them, I will sacrifice to them that they may help me.” But they were the ruin of him and of all Israel. 2 Chronicles 28 ESV emphasis mine
Times of distress come upon us all. Which way will I run? Into the arms of the Lord? Or into faithlessness? Scripture warns. Faithlessness and pursuit of false gods….leads to the ruin of all. Death, destruction, despair, darkness. 2 Chronicles 28 and 2 Kings 17 illustrate this clearly.
Lord, help me live for You. I need a fresh infusion of grace and the life-giving conviction that flows from Your Spirit. Help me not run to false gods when I am in distress, but instead run to You. I pray You help my life sing praises to You.