I had not given much thought to a “God-chosen” career. I know that God calls ministers so He chooses a profession for them if they listen and are obedient. But what about us “ordinary” people? Does God choose our profession too, or does He give us freedom to choose and expect us to do His work in the profession we have chosen?
We saw in the last post, God chose Bezalel to be an artist and to do the work for the tabernacle. God also chose Saul to be the first King of Israel (1 Sam 10: 20-21) and Samuel said, “…Do you see the man the Lord has chosen? There is no one like him among all the people?” (1 Sam 10: 24) Then in 1 Sam 12: 13 the very same Samuel says, “Now here is the king you have chosen, the one you asked for; see, the Lord has set a king over you.” So did God choose Saul or did the people? The people thought they wanted a king so God chose Saul who ultimately failed in leading Israel. Then God chose David (see 1 Sam 16: 8-13).
We also see some chosen to be gatekeepers (1 Ch 9: 22-23); He chose the tribe of Levi to be priests and ministers (Dt 14: 5), and chosen pray-ers;1 Ch 16: 41 says, “With them were Heman and Jeduthum and the rest of those chosen and designated by name to give thanks to the Lord.” 1 Ch 28 and 29 describe Solomon chosen to succeed David on the throne and chosen to build the temple. In 1 Ch 28: 10 David tells Solomon, “Consider now, for the Lord has chosen you to build a temple as a sanctuary. Be strong and do the work.”
Whether God chose our profession or we chose it, we too have been chosen; let us “be strong and do the work.”