Confirming God’s Call

Rob Donoho

Read: Act 13:1-3

While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” (v. 2)

The decision to answer God’s call to release Barnabas and Paul was not easy for the church at Antioch. The church would severely miss them both since they were a great blessing. The church fasted and prayed to confirm the decision.

My confirmation to answer God’s call to build houses for the poor in Mexico came first from my wife. The Holy Spirit spoke to each of our hearts at the same time. We came out of the Mexico mission team service saying the same thing: “God is telling us to go to Mexico.”

We both felt the Holy Spirit tugging at our hearts, but sometimes our feelings can lead us astray. Rather than move prematurely, we decided to pray through our feelings and to seek counsel through reading God’s Word. We also sought the advice of others, including our pastor.

Once God confirmed our calling, it was time to commit. This time, I asked God to make a way and promised him I would prioritize the mission trip first above all other potential time conflicts, even work. What peace I experienced putting this in God’s hands. Then, with call confirmed, we were ready for the next step. —Rob Donoho

Prayer: Lord God, please show us your calling for our life. Thank you for other believers who can help us confirm this call.