“Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, ‘Abraham!’ ‘Here I am.’ He replied” – Genesis 22:1
“Then the angel of God said to me in the dream, ‘Jacob,’ and I said, ‘Here I am!’” – Genesis 31:11
“And God spoke to Israel in visions of the night and said, ‘Jacob, Jacob.’ And he said, ‘Here I am.’” – Genesis 46:2
“When the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, ‘Moses, Moses!’ And he said ‘Here I am.’” – Exodus 3:4
“Then the LORD called to Samuel, and he said, ‘Here I am!’” – 1 Samuel 3:4
In all of these passages, God is calling people to do something for Him. It may seem like something small or something great or something crazy, but they all had the same answer. In Genesis 11, God gives Abraham a crazy and impossible task: to sacrifice his one and only son. Abraham follows Gods instructions but God stops him just in the nick of time and provides the animal sacrifice. In Genesis 31, Jacob is called to return to his homeland from which he had fled after taking Esau’s birthright and blessing. Once again in Genesis 46, God calls Jacob to move his family again, this time down to Egypt (where his son Joseph) will provide and care for the family during the famine. In Exodus 3, God now calls out to Moses from the burning bush to give instructions about freeing His people from the bondage of slavery in Egypt. And finally there is the call on Samuel the prophet in 1 Samuel 3. After some confusion Samuel finally answers God and says, “Speak Lord for your servant is listening.” Samuel will be God’s messenger.
There are really two parts to this. The first is, what is God calling us to? That is a very tough question to answer, and I wish I had the answer for everyone, but I don’t. I do know that God has called me to be a husband to Kristi, a father to Ava and Kenzie, a Youth Leader to the teenagers at Faith, a teacher/leader at Faith, and a witness for Him. The Great Commission does give us all some sense of what God wants from us, to be His witnesses, and the Greatest Commandment also gives some insight as it tells us to love God and others. But practically, its different for everyone; maybe it’s a calling to the mission field, to a specific job, to marriage, to being single. Everything in our calling is focused on God and Christ: I am a husband for Christ, a father for Christ, and a leader within the church for Christ.
The second part is how we answer the calling, will we trust God. All the people in the passage responded, “Here I am.” But not everyone in Scripture responded in the same way; Adam and Eve hid in the garden when God called out to them and Jonah ran away from the calling God gave to him. None of the people in the passages knew what God would say, they had to trust God without knowing what He was going to tell them. Do we accept God’s calling for our lives, and trust that God knows what He is doing, even when it doesn’t make sense to us? Some of the paths where I have felt God’s leading haven’t always made sense, but I followed God’s call and saw great blessings because of it. Don’t be afraid to answer God with, “Here I am,” and see what He has in store for your life.