“God doesn’t call the equipped, He equips the called”
God sometimes speaks to me in some of the most random ways, or at least they seem random to me. I was watching the movie Moana with my 4-year-old just last night, a scene in the movie really got me thinking about this quote above. If you haven’t seen the movie, it is about a young girl who is the daughter of a Hawaiian chief. She is “called by the sea to bring order back to nature” by returning something that was stolen from a goddess… I know none of this sounds biblical, but please stick with me. Anyway, she doesn’t really know what she’s doing because she’s never been past the reef of the island she grew up on, much less navigated the open sea, but she goes. Her journey is met with many different challenges and obstacles and with each challenge she learns something new about herself and grows from it. She gets very close to meeting the goal that was set before her when she is met with her biggest obstacle and becomes extremely discouraged. In the movie she gets frustrated and begins to yell at the sea saying, “You’ve got the wrong the girl! I can’t do this!” This is where God spoke to me. How many of us have been there? You don’t have to raise your hand. But, to be completely candid, I have. Time and time again I get met with obstacles and challenges that just seem too big and too hard and I wonder, “Did God get the wrong girl?” I’ve said it before crying out to Him, “I don’t think I can do this! Are you sure you meant to choose me?” In my state of frustration, emotions, and discouragement I think about how I’m not equipped. I have no real “training” for the calling and I am very far from perfect, but then God, the gentleman that He is, quietly and calmly reminds me that He’s right there with me, He will guide me, and He never expected me to do it on my own.
This is where God spoke to me. How many of us have been there? You don’t have to raise your hand. But, to be completely candid, I have. Time and time again I am met with obstacles and challenges that seem too large to overcome and I wonder, “Did God get the wrong girl?” I’ve said it before crying out to Him, “I don’t think I can do this! Are you sure you meant to choose me?” In my state of frustration, emotions, and discouragement I think about how I’m not equipped. I have no real “training” for the calling and I am very far from perfect, but then God, the gentleman that He is, quietly and calmly reminds me that He’s right there with me, He will guide me, and He never expected me to do it on my own.
How should we respond when we are called, but we do not feel equipped to take on the task before us?
I think the story of Noah is a great example:
Noah was someone God called to do something extravagant, but he was not equipped or trained. Scripture never tells us exactly what Noah did before building the ark, but I believe it is safe to assume Noah didn’t build boats for a living and he didn’t sail. I believe if it was his trade it would have been mentioned. He wasn’t a zookeeper or a lion tamer, but God called him to build the largest boat to house two of every kind of animal, and sail the waters for new land. One of the first things said about Noah is in Genesis 6:9 “Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation. Noah walked with God”. Noah walked with God, he was close to God and he was a good man. I think this is important because that is what qualified Noah to be used by God; he had a relationship with God.
The next few verses (Genesis 6:14-21) God shares his plan of the flood with Noah and tells him to build the ark. God laid out exactly how to build the ark, what materials to use, how many levels to make, how to build the rooms, how to store his food, how to choose the animals. And then in Genesis 6:22, “Noah did this, he did all that the Lord commanded”. No one records Noah’s thoughts here about whether or not he felt equipped or if he had a slight freak out moment, but it does say that Noah obeyed.
When God calls you to something for Him, He is looking for someone whom He has a relationship with and someone who will obey. You don’t have to figure out all the details because, as He did for Noah, He will guide you and instruct you every step of the way. He may not give you every detail right up front. He told Noah about the flood but didn’t give him exact dates. Once the ark was built He told Noah to embark and how the flood would start in seven days. He didn’t tell Noah how long he and his family would be on the ark.
Noah trusted. Noah obeyed. Noah was willing and teachable.
What I want to encourage you with, dear sister is this; whatever God is calling you to, He will see you through. So, walk with Him, be willing to do what He has asked you to do, and trust that He will give you everything you need to fulfill that calling. Noah is just one example of many throughout scripture of God calling someone to do something they were not “equipped” to do.
God has placed a calling on your life. He has specifically designed you for a purpose. He created you to be the mother to your children. He created you to be the nurse/doctor, pastor’s wife, writer, teacher, singer, counselor, etc. You were fearfully and wonderfully made. It may not be something that comes easily, in fact, I would guarantee that it is not something that comes easy for you at all, but it is probably something you are passionate about. If it is easy for you, then you wouldn’t need Him, and He wants us to need and depend on Him. He wants us to lean on Him and His strength and then give Him the glory for helping us through.
What is it He has called you to do? Will you be obedient and trust Him to equip you? It’s “on the job training”; you will grow and learn things about yourself you never knew. There will be moments you may question if he has the right girl, but then He will remind you He does and He will show you how to carry on.
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