How do feel when God is calling you – peaceful or fearful?

by Bethany

Today’s Readings: Ezekiel 2, Psalm 38

Calling

Although God called Jeremiah to remain with the remnant in Judah, He also called Ezekiel to go with the exiles to Babylon.  He spoke to Ezekiel in three distinct visions.  The first was given to him when the exiles were camped along one of the Babylonian canals [1].

  • In my thirtieth year, in the fourth month on the fifth day, while I was among the exiles by the Kebar River, the heavens were opened and I saw visions of God [2]

This was astounding.  Although the Lord was the God of Israel, He came to Ezekiel in Babylon.  In this foreign land ruled by a foreign king, God gave Ezekiel a vision of the Lord enthroned in His heavenly court.

  • Above the vault over their heads was what looked like a throne … and high above on the throne was a figure like that of a man … This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD [3].

Humility

Despite his theological training, Ezekiel was shaken when he met the Lord.  He fell before Him in reverent awe.

  • When I saw it, I fell facedown, and I heard the voice of one speaking.  He said to me, “Son of man, stand up on your feet and I will speak to you” [4]

The prophet Isaiah had a similar reaction when the Lord appeared before him to commission him.

  • Woe to me! … I am ruined!  For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty. [5].

Even in the New Testament, when Jesus called the Apostle Peter to follow him, his first response was,

  • Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man! [6].

Response

Some Christians will directly correlate their sense of God’s calling with their sense of peace.  Yet, I would argue that Ezekiel, Isaiah and Peter felt anything but the sense of peace that many of us seek.  Instead, they were afraid and humbled, recognizing their unworthiness for such a calling by such a God [7].

What kind of direction do you seek from God?  Is it a safe one that you wanted anyway and now merely request His stamp of approval?  Or do you long for His awesome direction for you, as you fall before His holy throne in great humility?

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[1] Ezekiel 1-3  |  [2]  1:1 TNIV  |  [3] 1:26-28 TNIV  |  [4] 1:28 – 2:1 TNIV  |  [5] Isaiah 6:5 TNIV  |  [6] Luke 5:8 TNIV  |  [7]  Most Biblical figures respond in humility and awe when God calls them, e.g., Moses responded to God’s calling by saying, “Who am I that I should go to Pharoah and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” Exodus 3:11 TNIV.

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One Comment to “How do feel when God is calling you – peaceful or fearful?”

  1. Hi Bethany,

    Thanks for your encouragement here. I feel that God is calling me to some things that have left me “shaking in my boots” lately, which is definitely different than the peace that I feel that others’ might think that I should have or the courage that I feel should already be present. I definitely feel like He could find someone a lot better suited for what might be ahead for me. So, this was a helpful reminder for me.

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