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September 7, 1998

God at Work (Part Two)

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[A] time to search and a time to give up. ECCLESIASTES 3:6
A feeling of career unsettledness is a common malady in our society. Am I doing what I am supposed to be doing in the place where I am supposed to be doing it? we ask ourselves. What is my calling?
Solomon’s reminder that “there is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3:1) is extremely relevant in determining where we’re supposed to be right now.
God’s calling to work tasks often has a seasonal component. For Moses, this meant that early in life he was a member of Pharaoh’s household, in midlife he was a shepherd in a remote desert, and later in life he led the children of Israel out of Egypt, right to the brink of the Promised Land. Each of those seasons was clearly defined and very different than the other two.
For Peter, God’s calling meant that he was a fisherman before he met Jesus and a “fisher of men” afterward. Amos was a fig picker in his career as a farmer, and then he became a prophet—at least for a period of time. Nehemiah was the chief of staff for a pagan king until God called him to the construction career that led him to rebuild the wall around the city of Jerusalem.
We could go on, but the Scriptures are clear in teaching that your calling could very well change the course of your life at work. The good news is that this is your season for something specific. Do you know what it is? Are you listening to God’s voice? Are you willing to take whatever risk is necessary to step from one season into another?
This life of faith sometimes turns out to be more difficult than we thought it would be. It is easy to look back on biblical characters and see how God clearly took them from one season to another. Life always looks clearer in the rearview mirror. But don’t be afraid to ask, God what do You have far me and my career?

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