A Call From God Is A Difficult Thing Essay

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Discerning a call from God is a difficult thing. A call may start as a small nudge or as a persistent feeling in the back of one’s mind. This feeling might become strong, passionate or even overwhelming, but a person cannot live by feelings alone.
People live by their feelings much of the time. We are emotional beings but feelings are not a reliable indicator of our path. A person living by feelings alone is like a boat on the water without a rudder or a compass. That boat has no ability to be guided; it simply goes wherever the winds or currents take it. A person making decisions based entirely on feelings is similarly blown around by emotional winds. The problem of a life lived by feelings is addressed in the Wisdom Literature of the Bible. It is written in Proverbs 12: 15 (NIV) “The way of fools seems right to them, but the wise listen to advice.”
So then, where shall we turn for advice? We can turn to God by turning to scripture. In Matthew 14, we have the story of Jesus walking on the water. When Jesus is seen by the disciples they are terrified because they think they are seeing a ghost. Jesus immediately speaks calming words to them, telling them not to be afraid. Peter’s has a completely different response than the others. It is written in verse 28
(NIV), “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “Tell me to come to you on the water.” Jesus tells him to come.
In his book, IF YOU WANT TO WALK ON WATER, YOU’VE GOT TO GET OUT

OF THE BOAT, John Ortberg analyzes this moment.…

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