Our current series of devotions was written by Eric Swanepoel from INcontext International.
20 November 2017
WEEK 8: God’s Purpose for my Life
“The Lord gave me this message: ‘I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as My prophet to the nations.’” (Jeremiah 1:4-5)
A few years ago, I heard a testimony about a South African couple working with a mission organisation in Afghanistan. Their work was to smuggle Bibles into the country and then deliver it to different destinations as required by the organisation.
One day, they had to go to a specific city that required them to drive through the desert. Halfway through the journey, they stopped at a gas station for refreshments. The wife remained in the vehicle while the husband got out to buy some drinks. As the husband walked into the shop, he passed an armed security guard standing at the main entrance. By the way he was dressed, it was easy to tell that he was part of the local religion’s radical affiliation. When the husband returned to the car with the drinks, his wife said that the Lord had told her that her husband needed to give a Bible to the guard. Afraid of what would happen to them if he handed the guard a Bible, he refused to listen and drove off. After a few minutes of silence in the car, the wife said to her husband: “If you don’t turn around and hand that guard a Bible, his blood will be on your hands.” So they agreed to be obedient to the Spirit’s voice, even if giving the man a Bible might cause them to get into trouble.
They turned around and went back to the shop, and approached the guard knowing that they needed God’s guidance and protection more than ever. Then came the moment of truth… as the man handed the Bible to the guard, the guard started to weep. Not understanding, the man said to the guard that he was sorry if he had offended him in any way by giving him the Bible. After the guard got hold of his emotions, he said: “I have never been at this gas station before. This is my first time ever. I had a dream last night in which someone appeared to me and said that I need to stand at the entrance of this place today because someone will be giving me the Book of Life. I have been standing here since early morning to see if it was a dream or not. Now I know it was not a dream, and I am looking forward reading the contents of this Book of Life.”
This testimony reminds me again of the fact that God is at work in the lives of people. He is the One seeking and saving the lost. Sometimes we feel so burdened with the task God has given us, and we forget that the Holy Spirit is the One preparing everything in order for us to step out in obedience. Once we step out, the adventure with God begins.
In Scripture, we see how faith and obedience requires one to step out of one’s comfort zone. By default, we always seek the path that does not necessarily require dependence on God for guidance, provision and protection. We normally seek the path that leads to comfort and security, that is less dangerous and does not require any faith in God. Someone once said that God’s voice will always require faith and obedience, which will demand that we step out of our comfort zone. By this, God is building our faith in Him and making us more and more dependent on Him.
We are called and created by God to fullfil a specific task in His Kingdom, and if we do not react obediently, there will be consequences. What would have happened if the man had not given that guard a Bible? May God enable us to hear His voice more clearly, may He grant us the faith needed when He calls us to obedience, may we step out of our comfort zones, and may we discover His calling in our lives as we walk with Him.
WEEK 7: He Will Make a Way
WEEK 4: Blessing Others
WEEK 5: Life-changing Prayer
WEEK 6: Horse or Donkey?
WEEK 1: What’s in Your Hands?
WEEK 2: Go Clean Your Room
WEEK 3: The Great Invitation