It is only God Who can keep us from stumbling and making mistakes. His guidance ensures that we always come out right – “And we know that ALL things work together for good to them that Love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28. And never disadvantaged. We begin to encounter errors when we try to do things in our own power.
When called by God, following God’s call was one of the toughest things I ever had to do. And what made it especially hard is that the same questions kept coming up every few years until I’d settled them for good.
How do you know you’re called by God?
How about you? How do you know if you’ve been called by God? The first thing I had to recognize was that we’re all called by God. Paul writes, encouraging everyone: “I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received” (Eph. 4:1). We are all called by God. I could run, but I couldn’t hide from that call.
Beyond that, I had the example of God calling people in Scripture. The conversation between Paul and Jesus as recounted in Acts was especially helpful. Paul shares the story with King Agrippa. He says, Jesus told me this: “I have appeared to you to appoint you as a servant and as a witness of what you have seen of me and what I will show you” (Acts 26:16).
And we pray:
Dear God, I simply ask that I do not wander away from the path that You have set for my life. May I always pay attention to Your instructions, and may I carry them out well. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.