“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
We are all in a process of transformation. Our journey takes us from glory to glory.
We should not crave going back to a previous season because we are no longer the same person of that past season.
We are daily new creations. What fed us in a previous season we would now not find fulfilment in.
We are in a continuous process and need to accept the now we are in without disappointment.
God spoke over us and consecrated who we would be in the same way as He did over Jeremiah.
God is as much in the journey as in the goal.
He gives us space and time to err and reform. He allows us to be honest and come to Him with our hurts and disappointments.
He does warn us though that whilst we are happy to have Him Declare where we are going we often want to take the reins. To dictate how we get there.
It is a submitting, letting go, laying down, obeying and permitting that we struggle more with.
We may not have chosen the process but God in His wisdom knows it’s value. We must allow God the HolySpirit to speak and lead where He wants to.
Biblically we see in David’s story that when as a boy he was anointed to become king he would have dreamed of a positive journey to victory.
The journey of his destiny was not how he would have dreamed it to be but on its way, with errors, suffering and sin included, he was transformed step by step into the fulfilment of his role as an anointed king.
He was transformed.
We, without expectation, place one foot in front of another, following Christ, reach our destiny.
Searching for short cuts and easy actually elongates the journey as was evident in the exodus with Moses and the children in the wilderness when they tried to do it on their own terms.
The journey, the space in between, is important in God’s timing. Being aligned with and in being prepared and matured for what is to come.
Following closely and holding onto Jesus tightly precludes no disappointments.
Even what we perceive as our calling can become an idol if we bow to and worship it more than Jesus. We easily might develop the mentality of it being an entitlement that again we may hold on too tightly to out of its season.
God is sovereign and worthy above all else. To feel disappointment or worse offence weakens and knocks our faith.
We begin to fail when we take over and outwork the accomplishment in our own strength and pride instead of allowing God to do it all and giving Him the glory.
Also when we busily try to fit the calling into what we are already being, secondary in priority. We attempt to transform ourselves instead of allowing God to transform us.
He will transform us to our image in Christ. We have been redeemed, bought at a cost. We have no entitlement of our own but God has given us everything in Christ.
Every season we grow and journey though there is a humbling element that wipes out pride and entitlement.
God is building our character, working it out even when we are not seeing fruit and fulfilment. We are encouraged by recognising that we no longer look or think the same as historically we did .
“I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”
We are reforming. We are no longer that former person.
The illustration shows the potter’s hands reforming us as the clay into the perfect vessel of its destiny. Light emanating and pushing back the darkness.
Two Scriptures that come to mind:
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.””Jeremiah 1:5 ESV
“I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”Ephesians 4:1-3 ESV
The song Secret Place Nathan Taylor https://youtu.be/QVp7U1_MNN4