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I’m sure I’m not the only one – I’m sure we all have “those days.” Those days, consumed with insecurity and doubt, when we wonder what in the world we are doing with our life and ask ourselves, “What is my ‘calling’ anyways? Am I called…to anything? What am I to be doing with myself, with my days, with my life, with my future? Is what I’m doing right now really valuable? Important? Does it even matter?”

On those days, I am grateful I am God’s child. I am grateful he has patiently and carefully taught me to rely upon his Word. And because of these lessons learned, I know I am to find the answers to my doubts in his good and reliable Word.

You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. (Isaiah 26:3)

Perfect peace. Charles Spurgeon had something to tell me about this perfect peace:

When your thoughts recline at their ease in God’s revealed will, that is staying upon God. (sermon #1818)

Reclining my ease, my “wild beast” of an imagination (as Spurgeon put it in this sermon), my “straying, vagabond thoughts” and my “grasping desires”, in God’s revealed will.

Yes, his revealed will is important; it is what will calm our emotions and tame those wild, beastly, vagabond thoughts. His revealed will gives me a sigh of relief in my soul. And when I chance to forget about it and am reminded to remember it, I do believe that sigh of relief makes its way up from my soul and through my very throat to be uttered aloud.

Have you had days like this? Days when you just weren’t sure what kind of work you were doing? Days when you can almost hear aloud the whisperings of the enemy in your ear telling you that the service you do for your Father is not really that big of a deal after all? Days when something a little more specific from the Lord seems better than generalized notions?

Do you remember, sweet sister in our Lord, what he has revealed to you? What he has called you to? Remind yourself, dearest, that God has given you his will for your life…

You are called to fellowship with Christ (1 Cor 1:9).

You are called to peace (1 Cor 7:15).

You are called to freedom of soul (Gal 5:13).

You are called to occupy yourself with Christ, to imitate him & to follow in his footsteps (1 Pet 2:21).

You are called to preach Christ with your life (Gal 1:15-16).

You are called to be a part of God’s kingdom and glory (1 Thes 2:12).

You are called to a holy calling (2 Tim 1:9).

You are called to walk worthy of these callings over you (Eph 4:1-4).

Your “calling”…your “work”…Is it about you, beloved? Or is this about him and his glory? Is this about your exaltation, or maybe even your deflation, dear one? Or is it his name that is lifted high?

Don’t be disheartened, beloved. Your Father has called you. And your calling isn’t significant and important depending on whether you think it is in the moment of doubt or not; your calling is significant because your Father has declared it be so in his glorious Word. Your seemingly beastly imaginations do not influence his perception of your value or of the importance and priority he may place upon the tasks he has placed before you. Rest easy, stay your mind upon his Word, let the Lord rule your heart; do not fret about your daily tasks and your long term roles. You know what your calling is, what your place is, what you are to do: you are to preach Christ.

O ye troubled ones, rejoice! Though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations, yet lift up your heads, for your redemption draw nigh. Within a short time you shall put on the garments of your excellency and beauty, and the weeds of your mourning shall be laid aside. Wherefore play the man: better still, play the Christian; and let all men know where God is, and where the Lord rules the heart, there is, there must be, a deep and profound peace. – Charles Spurgeon, sermon #1818

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