Having a calling on your life is such a tricky thing, am I right?
The world and the interwebs and every other book seems to be focused on this. Pursuing what you love. Chasing your dreams. Fulfilling your destiny. Going after your passions. Getting your hustle on and running full-bore into that one special thing.
Comment sections and group feeds and bible study groups are filled with questions about our calling. What if I don’t know what that is yet? What if I know what I’m to do, and why, and where, but God hasn’t revealed how and when?
What if I only think this is my calling but I’m not hearing Him correctly? What if I’m hearing Him say one thing, and my insides keep saying another? What if I’ve confused the two?
So I’m reading my Bible, and I’m in 2 Chronicles, and like all sequels, I’ve always just given it a once over and moved on… and why do we do that with the very Word of God where He has submerged each part of it with the same holy richness as the other more popular parts?
But He does, and I’m getting it, so I’m there. And right away we are plunked into the middle of a scene with King Solomon and God. And I notice something.
The first thing God wants us to know about callings is that you can’t make ‘what if’s’ your jumping off point. Our what ifs always block things like trust and willingness and stepping out.
‘What if’ can put a hitch in destiny.
But instead, He’s waiting for us to boldly claim what is already ours.
And this very thing is on my heart so much while I enter into my second year of blogging. Lord, I want to boldly claim what is already mine somehow. So how?
In 2 Chronicles chapter 1, Solomon hitches his calling to something much more important and revealing than a bunch of what ifs. He doesn’t give what ifs a second glance.
Instead, he steps into the holiest of places within his kingdom, known for being the meeting place of Moses with God in the desert. And he asks God to provide the one thing he needs to make his calling complete.
He shows God that he’s going to use the legacy that’s been left to Him (by David, his father) to fuel his destiny. And his destiny then to fuel a continuing legacy.
Our calling is closely tied to the legacy we’ve had left for us. Good or bad, amazing or lacking, the legacy we’ve been left with can fuel how we believe God for our future. And do we continue that legacy, or begin to ask God to shape a new one?
And Solomon, knowing there’s nothing bigger than walking in God’s will and has seen where God wants this to go, approaches the Holy One. This is important.
This is where Destiny meets Legacy.
And I have to stop there a moment. Our what ifs do not necessarily mean we’re including God in our questions. I can be so caught up in questioning my destiny that I take eyes off of the One who holds it.
I can ask all those things about my calling and about what God might want to do… and forget to actually approach the Holy One himself.
Talk about shooting ourselves in the foot and going in circles. That can put us back in a spiritual desert for another 40 year wander.
We have to have some faith. And come before the One who knew us as we were being knit together, one cell at a time, and believe His plans for us, and that when He’s ready, He will fully reveal them.
This is the first thing Solomon does. Seeks Him out.
And God, delighted it seems with this first bold action, initiates an exchange that reveals both His and Solomon’s intentions.
God’s intention is to reveal faithful provision. Solomon’s intention is to seek it.
So God asks him in verse 7 to request what he needs supplied.
I want to highlight something here.
He doesn’t guarantee He’ll supply it. He does ask him to ask.
Our priorities are not always God’s priorities. And our being able to approach the throne doesn’t mean everything is handed to us without Him regarding the ramifications of our requests.
Ramifications that can harm or hinder our calling. And we should never despair when we get a no. It means He knows something we don’t. Solomon understands that his legacy he’s stepping into came with many a ‘yes’, but also many a ‘no’.
So Solomon acknowledges that God has kept His promises to his own father, and to the nation as a whole, and asks, not for the temporary and material solutions, but for the one thing needed to complete a calling with success and within God’s purposes.
He asks only for wisdom. His heart’s greatest desire is God’s holy wisdom. Nary a ‘what if’ in sight. I pray we never confuse what ifs with wisdom. For they’re nothing alike.
If he knows anything, he knows everything that seems possible before him hinges on wisdom. And it gets God’s stamp of approval, big time. A kingdom leader rich in wisdom instead of wealth and glamor and prestige.
A King whose insides match up with the heart of the Almighty.
God honors that and then some.
So I ask myself, does my calling match up? Will my insides match up with His, be in step with His, and further His purposes first?
Those are much better questions. That take us from legacy to destiny and back again.
We know Solomon’s legacy. He was the wisest man in the world. No one has come close since. And God blessed the socks off him with the richest kingdom ever seen. Which Solomon promptly turned around and put to work for God again.
And how I pray, as we pursue our own calling, that it be with His agenda and not ours. With His purposes and not ours. With His methods and not ours. And that with every confirmation He gives, that we give back and then some.
What is your calling today? What is your destiny today? Is it wisdom? Is it His heart and only His? Will we stop mulling and start approaching? Will we let Him shape and design and mold our futures?
Oh the things He has waiting for those who place every hope and purpose in Him!
Right where destiny meets legacy.
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