“I, the Lord, have called you…” (Isaiah 42:6 NIV)
During a time long before I was conceived, Dorothy Love Coates wrote these words: “He’s calling me/ Every day of my life/ God’s calling me/ Yes…/ I can hear Jesus calling me.” When interviewed, Mrs. Coates said in summary, “I can’t walk away from this gift. When I make up my mind that I’m going to do something different, the voice of God keeps calling me.” I’ve heard this song many times as a child. Yet, these words consume me now more than ever—HE’S CALLING ME!
Throughout scripture, we see that God calls out to man. He calls Moses from a burning bush (Exodus 3); He calls Samuel while sleeping in the Tabernacle (1 Samuel 3); He calls Jeremiah before he was created (Jeremiah 1); He calls Ezekiel in a vision (Ezekiel 1); He calls Isaiah from the Temple (Isaiah 6); and He calls Paul on a trip to Damascus (Acts 9).
As I examine their response to God, I consider how often I delay or ignore when God calls me. In reflection, I imagine that God feels like I do when I’m constantly calling my daughter and she doesn’t answer: “I KNOW YOU HEAR ME CALLING YOU!”
I search myself and understand that my reaction to God is often influenced by how I see myself. As humans, we often question God’s call because we live with the reality of our own indiscretions and sense of unworthiness. The truth, however, is that our shortcomings don’t disqualify us from being sought by the Lord. God seeks His people regardless of what arena of life they may be in. When called, Moses was a murderer and fugitive; Samuel was a young man; Jeremiah was weak; Ezekiel was hard-headed; Isaiah had a filthy mouth; and Paul was on a mission to destroy the Christian faith. Yet, IN THE MIDST OF THEIR WEAKNESSES, GOD CALLED THEM.
Despite where we are in life, God continues to call each of us. He calls us to salvation, that we may be sisters with Christ. He also calls us to be witnesses and to refrain from sin. “You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation unto God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into the marvelous light.” (1 Peter 2:9 KJV)
Like Mrs. Coates, I have learned that the voice of God is inescapable! Whether strong or subtle, God is calling us. He created us to hear and answer His call. If we are afraid, we can cling to His word which says, “…I called you. I said, ‘You are my servant’; I have chosen you and have not rejected you. So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you.” (Isaiah 41:9-10)
Thank You for calling me. Although I am unworthy of being called by the Master of all creation, it is a blessing to be Your sheep, to know Your voice, and to hear Your call. Now, help me to answer when You speak. Help me not to be afraid, but to remember that You are with me and have equipped me to answer Your call. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, I EMPOWER you to hear and answer the call of God. God has created you for such a time as this, that you may be witnesses in the earth. God has equipped each of you with spiritual gifts. I EMPOWER you to use them for His glory.
Allow Dorothy Love Coates’ He’s Calling Me to minister to you:
Ms. Latasha McCrary is an active member of St. Luke Christian Church in Huntsville, AL where she serves as a Young Adult Facilitator and is training as a Life Skills Coach. She is passionate about the practice of law and views her profession as an extension of her calling to serve. Latasha firmly believes that “Service is the price we pay for the space we occupy” and is grateful for God’s continuing favor evidenced in her life. “By this I know that you favor me, because you have not let my enemies triumph over me.” Psalms 41:11