Proverbs 16: Finding Our Calling

I think that it is interesting to think about the idea of having a calling. It is something we talk a lot about in Christian vernacular. We talk about God calling us to do something, but I don’t know if that means a lot to people who are outside of Christianity. It might not make sense to them. Was it just some kind of bizarre voice that you heard in your head that told you to quit your job and go do whatever you are called to do?

In Proverbs 16, we find an interesting verse that might help explain this idea a little bit farther.

Pro 16:9  A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.

We have these desires. We have things that we like and don’t like. I like mathematics, but I would not be so great as a physicist. We also have certain talents. God has given us these things so that we might use them in our everyday lives. That involves our careers.

As humans, we know what we like what we don’t like for the most part, so we begin to plan out the way that we feel God has naturally pointed us in. God gave me certain talents in certain areas, so it is my job to learn about them and use them.

As a result, we are kind of finding our way through life, but at the same time, we have this phrase where God is directing our steps. Steps seem to be the actual action. When we plan our way, we have not moved yet. We might find out what we are good at and what way we want to move in, but when it actually comes to moving, it seems like God is the one who is moving us and directing the actual steps that we take.

I think that the imagery here makes sense. As people, we try to figure out what is the best way for us to go. We figure out what we are good at and what we like to do. However, when actually comes to taking the steps towards those plans, God is the one directing us. Sometimes, those steps might not be what we expect of course. We might know the direction that we are going to be going in, but God will take us down the path specifically where we need to go.

I hope this helps clarify this idea a little bit more. We certainly might know what we are good at, and that will definitely help us decide what direction we are going to head in. However, when it comes to the actual fulfillment of that plan and taking positive steps towards what we are meant to be doing, God will lead us where we need to be.

About Zak Schmoll

Zak Schmoll is the founder of Entering the Public Square, and Managing Editor of An Unexpected Journal. He earned his MA in Apologetics at Houston Baptist University and is currently a PhD student in Humanities at Faulkner University. His work has been featured on several websites including The Federalist, Public Discourse and the Fourth World Journal.

Posted on April 27, 2014, in Proverbs and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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