The Importance Of Discerning A Call From God

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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.
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In his book, IF YOU WANT TO WALK ON WATER, YOU’VE GOT TO GET OUT

OF THE BOAT, John Ortberg analyzes this moment. Although Peter is no stranger to operating according to his feelings, he pauses to make sure that this is something that he is called to do and that it is the Lord who is doing the calling. Peter is not getting out of the boat because of feelings but in obedience to the Lord’s command. Ortberg goes onto say that identifying a call demands the willingness to ask questions, the ability to discern the voice of the Master and the patience to wait for his command.
There are many examples of how different people respond to callings in the Bible. One of the things that make reading the Old Testament such a wonderful experience is the in-depth looks we receive into the thoughts and actions of the heroes of the Bible. We see that they are people who think and respond much as we do. We see their personalities and their moments of doubt and fear. We see that receiving a call can generate feelings of inadequacy or even fear. Ortberg points out that in Scripture; almost never do those who are called jump up and say, “Yes, I am up to that challenge. I think I can handle
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God promises to be with us but still we must make that first step. When the Israelites ended their years of desert wandering and made ready to cross the Jordan River into the Promised Land, God had a plan to show the people that He was still with them. He would stop the flow of the river so the people could cross on dry ground, the same way they left Egypt. Only one thing was required, God asked them to take the first step. Joshua 3:13 tells us, ”And as soon as the priests who carry the ark of the Lord—the Lord of all the earth—set foot in the Jordan, its waters flowing downstream will be cut off and stand up in a heap.”
Had the people sat on the banks of the Jordan River and waited for God to make the first move, nothing would have happened. Had Moses waited for God to soften Pharaoh’s heart, the Israelites would have never left Egypt. Had Peter never gotten out of the boat, he would have never walked on water.
This relates to me because I have felt for most of my life that I was called to ministry. I was unsure what to do but I continued to grow in my faith and

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