When someone loves us…when someone encourages us…sees a specific talent within us…a parent, a grandfather or grandmother, a special uncle or aunt, brothers and sisters, a high school teacher or college professor, a pastor, or an athletic coach…and cares enough to the point of becoming involved and offering support in some way…this can motivate us to pursue this particular talent or gift for a lifetime.
There are many PhD’s who can point to a particular college professor who pointed out to them that they had talent in a particular subject and encouraged them to work hard in their studies. There are many professional athletes…some in halls of fame in their sport…who can point back to a particular coach as the mentor who recognized their athletic ability and pushed them hard towards achieving excellence. Concert orchestras are full of musicians who had a music teacher recognize early a talent they had on a particular musical instrument and encouraged them to practice hard and helped them develop a love for music.
In the biblical narrative stories of faith there is something unique and special. Above and outside of the talents and abilities that are recognizable by family, friends, and coaches or teachers, God calls people to do things that are beyond their imagination…beyond things they thought was possible. Only God can do this. This is another apologetic argument for the divine origin of the Bible.
Unlike a parent, friend, family member, teacher or coach…we cannot see God…yet we can talk to Him and He hears us…and we can hear Him in the Spirit.
The biblical narrative stories of faith are crafted specifically and individually to match the untapped potential of people using the divine foresight of our Creator God…in areas of capacity above and unrelated to our recognizable gifts in the areas of music, art, athletics, or scholarship that fall within worldly conventional normalcy and thinking.
The callings of God require qualities of faith and character that transcend above ou other innate abilities…in a way that is novel, unique, and non-existent in any other systems of thought or experience outside of the Bible.
The love of God that places supportive confidence in us…recognizing the higher way we are capable of pursuing within our God-composed journey of faith life-script…is a validating signature to the truthfulness of the God of the Bible and the importance of our individual callings and missions in life.
Abraham’s calling to go to Canaan was unprecedented. Joseph was going nowhere in Canaan and would have had a bleak future had God not intervened in a monumental way. David’s own father did not consider him as a viable candidate to become a future king. Jesus had faith in Peter during the upcoming challenge of faith of Christ’s rejection and crucifixion (Lk. 22:31-32). No one on the planet…outside of God…would have anticipated ahead of time and chosen Paul to become the premier missionary evangelist to the Greco-Roman world in the first century.