Written by Jake Hannon
For He delivered us and saved us and called us with a holy calling [a calling that leads to a consecrated life-a life set apart-a life of purpose], not because of our works [or because of any personal merit-we could do nothing to earn this], but because of His own purpose and grace [His amazing, undeserved favor] which was granted to us in Christ Jesus before the world began [eternal ages ago]. 2 Timothy 1:9 (AMP)
Have you ever heard an athlete or coach guarantee a victory in a big game only to be eating his or her words just a short time later? There are the special few like Mark Messier and the 1994 New York Rangers who live to tell the story of a successful pregame prediction. But not everyone can predict the future.
God is in the business of guaranteeing wins as well. However, God is not a human. God is God. His promises never fail and when He makes a guarantee He never eats His words (Isaiah 55:11). Even when circumstances, people and forces of nature stand in the way of God's guaranteed wins, we can be assured that those circumstances will find some miraculous way of fading into the blackness.
For example, in the book of Exodus, God calls Moses to lead the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt. Moses grew up in the Egyptian Pharaoh's household but fled Egypt after killing an Egyptian slave master who was abusing an Israelite. After years of living in the desert, God appears to Moses in a burning bush to commission him in his Holy calling. God gives Moses a "Guaranteed Win" in Exodus 3:12, declaring, "When you bring the people out of Egypt you will worship me on this mountain. That will be the proof that I have sent you." The mountain that Moses was on at that point was Mount Sinai - the place where God would later give Moses the 10 Commandments. So Moses heads out to Egypt to see what God has in store, knowing that he would be right back where he is standing at some point with an entire nation by his side. We all know the story: 10 plagues, an angry Pharaoh and an exodus later and the Israelites are home free!
But, as Moses and the Israelites approach the Red Sea, Pharaoh has a change of heart and decides to send his army after the Israelites to kill them on their way out. In Exodus 14 the Egyptians catch up to the fleeing Israelites and are about to overtake and kill them. Can you imagine the feeling that Moses and the Israelites must have experienced when they were backed up against the Sea? According to the circumstances, there was no way out. Behind them the most powerful and deadly army in the world was licking its chops. Standing in the way of their destiny was a massive sea. To turn back and fight the powerful Egyptian army would have been certain demolition. There was nowhere to go. But God had guaranteed Moses and the people that they would worship Him at Sinai. So, He performed one of the most amazing miracles in the Bible to prove it. The sea was split and Moses led his people across safely. All of the Egyptians were drowned in the receding waters.
The diamond of truth that is contained in this story and illustrated in 2 Timothy 1:9 is essential understanding our destiny in Christ.
In 2 Timothy 1:9, Paul writes to Timothy that we all have a "holy" calling which was granted to us "in Christ" and "before the world began". He clarifies that it is not based on our works -we could never be holy or participate in holiness on our own - and that the purpose of this calling is to be in Christ and to exalt Christ. But most relevant to our story the most fascinating part of his statement is that a calling was given to each and every one of us before time began.
Because our calling was given to us before the foundation of the world, anything that is contained in the world comes after our calling and must submit to our calling! Just like we see in the story of Moses, God's calling on our lives cannot be thwarted by any circumstance. God gave Moses his calling - just as He has given us our callings - before He created the earth! God made calling before He made people and oceans! So people, oceans and anything else on the earth is a non-factor when it comes to getting in the way of our calling. Even though it may seem like things have not worked out or it may feel like we are in a place of impossibility, we can hold on to the promise of God in our lives and believe that God will be faithful to fulfill every promise he has given us!
- What has God promised you that has yet to be seen?
- What circumstances are making things more complicated than you hoped?
- What are you expecting from God in light of His "guaranteed W"?
- Exodus 3
- Exodus 14
- Isaiah 55:11
About the Author
Jake is a 2013 graduate of Liberty University and played one season with the Flames. Before attending Liberty in 2011 for his last season of college eligibility, Jake spent two years playing for NCAA Division III Amherst College and one year playing for NCAA Division I Army. The former defenseman has four years of Junior Hockey experience before college as well, having spent time in the USHL, EJHL, NAHL, and CJHL at various points in his career. After college, Jake spent one year as the Liberty Hockey Team Chaplain before being offered the position of Assistant Coach for the team. After two years of coaching the Flames, Jake was called into full time ministry in Buffalo, NY. Jake now lives in Buffalo and serves as the Erie County Area Representative for FCA. Jake is married to Rebecca and has three children - Grace, Daniel and Gabby.
Posted on Tue, May 31, 2016
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