Sometimes the people we love, the very closest to us don’t get our calling. They can’t see it. We often become misunderstood.
Joseph’s brothers were very jealous of him when he began to share his dreams and sport his coat. He may have been immature, and a tad prideful, but their cruelty was horrific. They threw him in a pit and said, “Here comes that dreamer!” Then they sold him into slavery. They told their father that he was dead. Little did they know that over a decade later he would save them from death.
The revelation will come!
The maturity will come!
Elizabeth and Zechariah have a son. They have waited their whole lives for this promise. They name him John and after their deaths, he goes and lives in the wilderness. He is without mother or father or sibling. He walks around wearing camel skins, eating locust bread and honey. They didn’t get his assignment. He yelled, “repent” a little too loudly. He called the elite snakes. Who was this man?
He was born to represent and announce the Messiah.
“For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah, saying: “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord; make His paths straight.’” And John himself was clothed in camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist; and his food was locusts and wild honey” (Matthew 3:3-4 ESV).
His voice echoed an alarm that said, “It is time to get prepared.” The kingdom of heaven is coming with a baptism of fire. The Messiah is here!
Orpah couldn’t get Ruth’s assignment. Naomi couldn’t get her assignment. They kept telling her to go back to Moab but once you have tasted Bethlehem and the barley harvest you can’t go back to the gods of Moab! They did not know Boaz was waiting for her. They did not understand that her child would be named Obed (Servant).
“And they named him Obed. He was the father of Jesse, the father of David.”
They couldn’t understand that a KING was coming through her womb! King David was coming through her and then one day so would Messiah Yeshua!
His siblings couldn’t get little David’s assignment. They left him out on a hill tending sheep when it was time to line up the boys to anoint a new king. They didn’t understand that the King of Kings could use a ruddy little shepherd boy. He had slain the lion and the bear. Inside of him lived a tenacious faith in the God of Isreal.
He was a giant killer! There was a kingship inside of him, but no one even thought to bring him before Samuel.
His siblings and his dad never walked with him in the morning with the fresh dew on the mountains and listened to him talk to The One who created it all. They didn’t know his heart. Samuel looked at his older, taller, handsome brothers and said: “surely this is the king,” but God said, “People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7 NIV).
They didn’t know that one day he would walk out into a battle, where the whole army hid from a giant whose armor weighed more than David, and he would take a slingshot and a few smooth stones and destroy the man the entire military was quaking in fear over.
But as David looked over the care of those sheep, They didn’t see anything special about him. They didn’t understand his assignment.
Perhaps those in your life don’t understand yours. I’m sure they did not get our next guy.
“Now you son of man, get yourself a brick, place it before you and inscribe a city on it, Jerusalem. “Then lay siege against it, build a siege wall, raise up a ramp, pitch camps and place battering rams against it all around. Then get yourself an iron plate and set it up as an iron wall between you and the city, and set your face toward it so that it is under siege, and besiege it. This is a sign to the house of Israel…”As for you, lie down on your left side and lay the iniquity of the house of Israel on it; you shall bear their iniquity for the number of days that you lie on it. For I have assigned you a number of days corresponding to the years of their iniquity, three hundred and ninety days; thus you shall bear the iniquity of the house of Israel” (Ezekiel 4:1-5 NASB).
Take their sins (390 DAYS)!
The people saw a crazy man lying on his side in the middle of the streets. He had built a city out of pots, pans, and bricks like your son would with Legos. He had to measure his food and lay there for Israel and Judah. He took the sins of the nation upon himself as Yeshua did.
Can you imagine the people looking at this madman and telling everyone what a nut job he was? The people continued past him as they made their way to offer sacrifices and go to the temple to pray. They did not understand his assignment. You may be thinking, “ I am not sure God does that anymore.” Perhaps not in the same measure but a measure no less.
When He gave Noah an assignment to build a boat, it had never rained. When He told Abraham to leave his home and family and travel to a land He would show him, it would require faith.
The people didn’t understand Moses calling. They didn’t get his assignment. He was raised with the wealth of the Pharaoh, and he was educated. He sees his people being beaten and enslaved. His heart breaks over their bondage, and he kills a man. They didn’t understand his assignment or what HaShem had put in his heart to do. They said, “Who are you? When did they make you a ruler over us? He had to go to the desert and flee for 40 years. The people did not get his assignment, but one day he would stand before Pharoah and warn him to let God’s people go. The people would see the Father’s Strong Right-Hand place plague after plague upon the land and eventually the one they mocked and said “Who made you ruler over us,” would lift his staff and they would walk across the Red/Reed Sea with Pharoah’s army drowning behind them.
Your assignment might not make sense to those around you right now, but you have to keep following His voice and become the man or woman He is molding into a vessel for His Glory. This may involve a pit, a famine, a flood or it may cause you to lose friends, family members or jobs. Your assignment may confuse those you love. You may be misunderstood, but keep plowing ahead. A new vision and understanding will come in His perfect timing.