When you are called, you cannot run away from it:
For the gifts and the call of God are irrevocable. -Romans 11:29, NAB
Primarily, Paul was speaking about the covenant that God had with the Jewish people. They had a covenant between them, and although Israel had rejected His Son, Paul said that did not change the special place the Jews held in God’s eyes. They turned from Him through the hardness of their hearts, but He will never turn from them.
As we go through life, there may be times that we begin to turn away from God. We may get caught up in our careers, finances, or social activities. We may face difficulties that make us angry or bitter. Sometimes, God calls us, but we do not like what He is calling us to do. Whatever the reason, regardless of how far we turn from God, He will not turn from us.
For a number of years, I turned my back on my calling. There were a number of reasons, and none of them were valid. But, if I were to narrow it down to one main reason, I struggled to understand how the path I was on would ultimately serve my calling. At times, it seems like I still don’t understand it any better than I did then, but I have learned to let go and trust God.
The Jews struggled to accept Jesus because His plan was different than what they were expecting. Can we say the same thing? I can definitely tell you that I never envisioned the path my life would take, but now that I am here, I can see God’s hand in every step of the way. I don’t know what God’s exact plan is for my life. I don’t understand why it is taking so long. And, I don’t have a crystal ball to know what to do next. For everything that I don’t know, I do know that God does, and that is enough for me.
Life will take us in some unexpected directions, and that may leave us with hardened hearts. We may allow our struggles to turn us away from God, but His calling on our lives will remain – and thank God for that!