When there is a call of God on your life–and we all have a call of God on our lives–and it’s not happening the way you thought it would, or as quickly, it may mean you’re just not ready yet. There is, likely, something in your character or preparation that isn’t in place. I believe it’s likely the former. There are some character issues you need to address. In the meantime, impatience can set in, and you try to make things happen on your own.
Is it a character issue? In my case, a character issue is faced was a performance-based mindset. I had, most of my adult life, been a shaker and a mover, using my own devices to make things happen. And, I thought that my “getting it done” was the guide to my acceptance. In the process, I became impatient. But a good friend, Bill Fitzer, shared two scriptures with me that I latched on to, and they became the words I held on to as the Lord prepared me for the pastoral call I was destined to fulfill.
The first was 1 Peter 5:6, “Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time (emphasis added). It is His timing that matters, and only when my timing is His timing (not the other way around!) that God’s plan is fulfilled. His timing meant giving me time to deal with the character issues I faced. And, the sooner I dealt with them, the more quickly His timing would be fulfilled.
The second was Proverbs 18:16, “A man’s gift makes room for him, and brings him before great men.” It wasn’t my works, but His gift that would take me where He wanted me to go. Learning to use the gifts, and not my abilities, was a lesson I had to accept. For, it’s He, not me, that really makes it happen.
I still, occasionally, have to remind myself of these two scriptural principles. If you are wanting to fulfill the call on your life, and it’s not happening as quickly as you think it should, I encourage you to grasp these principles, and deal with your own character issues. It’s a whole lot better when you let God move rather than try to do it on your own.