“I’ve singled you [Cyrus] out, called you by name, and given you this privileged work. And you don’t even know me!” Isaiah 45:4
God called Cyrus, the king of Persia and a non-believer, to lead a battle against the Babylonians to free the Israelites from captivity. Cyrus had only one qualification for the job: He belonged to God–as does everyone and everything in the world.
Have you felt God nudge you into some form of ministry and you resisted because you’ve never done it before or perhaps you felt totally inadequate for the project? I could have missed an opportunity to minister through speaking at retreats, conferences, seminars, and other events had I not given into the woman on the other end of the phone who insisted she wanted me to be their retreat leader. I responded by saying, “Let me help you find someone more qualified for your retreat.” However, she insisted, “We want you.”
God didn’t just call Cyrus into action, he paved the road and promised to assist him. “I’ll break down bronze city gates, smash padlocks, kick down barred entrances.” (Vs. 2) God promises to do the same for us.
Thank you, Lord, for calling me through one of your servants into a ministry of inspiring and encouraging others to grow in their faith. Amen.