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Thursday, 4 February 2021
Live Your Distinct Calling

Through our discussions and study of the Torah over the last several months we have learned much about our identity in Yeshua, what that means and how we grow closer to it. As we continue to read through the story of the exodus, we can see the progression of how Moses stepped into this identity. From the very beginning of his conversation with the Lord, to stepping in front of Pharaoh, to leading the people through the wilderness, Moses continued to grow in identity and character.

It is he who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers; who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them like a tent to dwell in; who brings princes to nothing, and makes the rulers of the earth as emptiness. Scarcely are they planted, scarcely sown, scarcely has their stem taken root in the earth, when he blows on them, and they wither, and the tempest carries them off like stubble. To whom then will you compare me, that I should be like him? says the Holy One. Lift up your eyes on high and see: who created these? He who brings out their host by number, calling them all by name; by the greatness of his might and because he is strong in power, not one is missing. (Isaiah 40:22-26 ESV)

In the process of becoming who we are supposed to be in the Lord, that is (identity in Yeshua), we are given tasks that stretch our character. This is so important because it allows us to see who we are and where we need to go. Often, however, this stretch becomes an excuse for us to compare ourselves with others.

This stretch is meant to move us beyond our border of fear. God gives us an objective and either someone is doing better (either in the flesh or in the spirit), or no one else is doing it, and out of fear, we just give up. At the root of this fear, is a relational disconnect common to all of us.

At this stage, rather than compare ourselves to something, we need to be able to compare God to that "something". The thing is, we just can't compare God to something or someone like we are comparing two similar things. (Isaiah 40:25) "To whom then will you compare me, that I should be like him? ..." The verses in Isaiah 40 make just that point.

The verses above may apply to our lives in different ways. "princes of this world" may apply to governmental leaders (as it often does in scripture). It may apply to corporate or other kinds of leaders. It may apply to any of those things that we give power.

Whether the obstacle be people or circumstances, intent or accidental, it does not matter. He is trying to grow us for the next step in path to being more like who we are supposed to be. He is also, importantly, using us to fulfill part of his plan. This means we aren't alone. It means we just need to rest in the Lord. Because ...

He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted;but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint (Isaiah 40:29 ESV)

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