God always positions us in the perfect place to walk in our calling.
He’ll give you the right job.
Bring the right people into your life.
Place you in the right neighborhood, school, church.
He’ll give you seemingly chance encounters.
Orchestrate the right circumstances.
And give you everything you need for your calling to be realized.
The problem is — it doesn’t always feel that way.
Just ask Nehemiah.
In the first chapter of his book in the Bible, Nehemiah relates the brokenness he felt over the condition of Jerusalem and the remnant who remained there. He falls on his knees and prays an amazing prayer before God. It’s a moving chapter.
But after his prayer, there is a single line that seems so out of place:
I was cupbearer to the king.
Many of us would look at that role and think Nehemiah had great opportunity to see his calling fulfilled. He had a daily audience with the king, saw him in places no one else did, and was close enough to hand the king his cup.
Being cupbearer to the king seems like a great position.
The cupbearer had one responsibility: test every cup that is given to the king to make sure it wasn’t poisoned.
Every day, every time the king was thirsty, Nehemiah would take a drink – and gamble whether or not he would die. He never knew if his next sip would be the last.
Doesn’t seem like a great position to be in to walk in his calling.
That is, until God moved.
That lowly, seemingly unimportant role of being the king’s cupbearer was the exact place Nehemiah needed to be in order to fulfill his call to restore Jerusalem.
One conversation with the king was all it took to launch Nehemiah into his calling – and give him the authority he needed to live it out.
He never would have had that opportunity if he wasn’t cupbearer to the king.
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It may not feel like it.
You may not understand it.
It may seem like it’s the exact opposite place you should be in order to fulfill God’s call on your life.
Just give it time.
At the right time, when you and your calling are ready, the moment will come where it all falls into place.
If you trust God has you where you need to be.
How might God be using your current situation to prepare you for your calling? Leave a comment below.
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