When God Calls

Saturday, November 12, 2022
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John 10:27 – My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. (ESV)

The nightstand clock confirmed that it was 2 a.m., yet sleep was nowhere in sight. Completely exhausted, I found myself resorting to counting imaginary sheep. One, two, … ninety-eight, ninety-nine. Then, just before reaching one hundred, God's voice called out my name from the shadows, asking, "If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray?" (Matthew 18:12 ESV) I answered, "Yes." Then, I glanced to see if my husband was hearing God, but he was fast asleep.

Again, God called out my name. He asked me to share the parable of the lost sheep with our son, who was visiting, and tell him that "the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost." (Luke 19:10 ESV)

For the rest of the night, I tossed and turned, as Satan fought to convince me that it was all just a dream. How foolish I would appear to both my son and husband if I followed through with God's request. I wondered whether God was testing me to see if I would obey Him.

By morning, the weather report was not promising. A snowstorm was moving in, so my husband hurried to load our car and get our son back to college safely. I felt the Holy Spirit stirring, and I knew that it was time. Scripture tells us, "Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourself. Do what it says." (James 1:22 NIV)

For years, our eldest had been convinced that he was far too lost ever to be saved, least of all, forgiven. Hearing the message about Jesus, the Good Shepherd, leaving the other ninety-nine sheep and seeking everywhere for the lost sheep, brought him to tears!

Only a couple of hours after my husband and son left to drive our son back, an oncoming driver lost control of his vehicle and hit them head-on! Miraculously, everyone in that accident survived! Thanks be to God! But what if I hadn't shared with my son and he hadn't survived? I am at peace because I obeyed God's call and planted the seed.

Friends, if you have answered God's primary call and are in a personal relationship with Him through faith in Jesus Christ, are you using the spiritual gifts that He has supplied to share the gospel? God will not be able to utilize us in the genuine callings that He has designed for our lives if we are not fully obedient to the precise commandments and leadings of the Holy Spirit.

It is important for us to listen to God's Word, but it is even more crucial for us to do what it says.

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank You for seeking us out when we are lost, and for sending Your perfect Lamb, Jesus, to die for our sins. May we be passionate about bringing Your lost sheep into Your kingdom. Amen.

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Lois Macdonald <loismacs5@gmail.com>
Oshawa, Ontario, Canada

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Lois – God Bless you for this message.

    Thanks for sharing this inspiring story, Lois.

    We give testimony to our faith in our words and our deeds.

    I truly enjoyed your message today. Thank you,

    Thank you, Lois, for a great story of obedience and a challenge for all readers.

    Thank you, Lois, for sharing this encouraging devotional with us.

    Your post really resonated with me, Lois. Thanks for sharing and may God continue to bless you and your family.

    Hello dear friend. So good to read your devotion this morning. A timely message indeed!!!

    Thank you, Lois, for your positive and encouraging message. Personal testimonies can be so powerful.
    (Nova Scotia)

    Good morning, Lois,
    Very good words this morning Lois, thank you so much, have a good weekend and Sunday.

    Thanks for this “precisely targeted” devotional today. I’m leading the service at my church tomorrow, and preaching, and am really nervous! Yet if I truly believe in what I write, then I ought to be able to get up and speak it. I appreciate your injection of courage, for tomorrow and every day.

    Good Morning, Lois,
    What an amazing devotional and very special way for me to start my morning.
    Thank you for sharing an important message.

    Thank you, dear Lois, for sharing this experience with us. It certainly resonates with me and I too pray that we will respond to God’s call to action and listen and be ready to share His love and salvation plan with our loved ones and whoever God lays on our hearts.
    Blessings to you and your family,

    Dear Lois,
    What an amazing testimony!! Thanks so very much for sharing it.
    God is so good!! Sometimes even when we don’t understand His ways, or our prayers aren’t answered the way we prayed!! He is still so good!!
    God bless you.

    Greetings Lois and many thanks for your very mindful and inspiring devotional today. Quite an experience you had in the night and the Lord was truly speaking to you and cleverly guiding you to speak to your son on that morning. Thankfully no one was injured in that accident and that you had no quilt to suffer by following the Lord’s word at the right time.
    Blessings for your writings.

    Amen Lois!
    I felt called to specifically pray for my family’s safety as they travelled last week. As they were driving home an oncoming vehicle lost a back wheel and lost control of their vehicle. My daughter doesn’t know how she managed it, although l do! But she was able to drive through the middle of it all safely, the out-of-control vehicle passed within inches of them on one side as the bouncing wheel and tire flew by on the other side. Everyone including the other driver walked away. Indeed we must be attentive and obedient to the voice and leadings of the Spirit.
    Blessings to you and yours.

    Thanks, Lois. I love how you were prompted — and listened.

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