Scripture: Isaiah 44:24-45:7
Key verses: (45:3-6)
3 I will give you the treasures of darkness
and riches hidden in secret places,
so that you may know that it is I, the LORD,
the God of Israel, who call you by your name.
4 For the sake of my servant Jacob,
and Israel my chosen,
I call you by your name,
I surname you, though you do not know me.
5 I am the LORD, and there is no other;
besides me there is no god.
I arm you, though you do not know me,
6 so that they may know, from the rising of the sun
and from the west, that there is no one besides me;
I am the LORD, and there is no other.
Reflection: The Holy Spirit was surely present when I was ordained as a Ruling Elder at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Greensboro, NC. I remember distinctly feeling the weight of the hands pulling my shoulders down during the ceremonial laying on of hands. I placed myself before God and was so overcome with emotion, I returned back to a different row than the one from which I came. I had forgotten where I was sitting!
The event was humbling as I felt called, but not qualified. God’s hand was in the prayer and conversations leading up to that moment. However, I didn’t feel my Bible knowledge was strong and while I knew many facets of the church, I certainly did not know them all. Did I even know God well enough?
Have you ever felt this way? Called, but not ready?
Cyrus was also called. The God of Israel called him by his name, the passage tells us twice. Scripture also tells us Cyrus does not yet even know God. “I surname you, though you do not know me…I arm you, though you do not know me.” (vs. 4-5). God has big plans for Cyrus to know our Creator and tell the people all about God. Cyrus has to trust God’s calling to share knowledge he does not yet even have.
What big plans does God have for us? How is God calling us to something that we may not yet even know?
Prayer: Our God, our Creator, open our ears and our eyes to your calling for us. Allow us to trust in you, the one who calls, for the plans you have for us, and be with us as we live into your calling. Amen.
Author: Amy Speas
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].