When God Calls You Will Know

I have been asked along the way, “How did you know when God called you?” Early on, I was not certain how to answer that question, but the very first person to ask me was David Ray, the Pastor of First Baptist Church in Lubbock, Texas. And this is what I told him, “I always wanted to be an architect and right now I am in the School of Engineering out here at Texas Tech, but, sir, I am struggling with math and math is sort of basic to engineering. God spoke to me during this week’s revival and that sermon last night sort of nailed it for me. The preacher said that sometimes when we are in the well with Joseph that the only way out is up and that is where I am now. I am in that well with Joseph and the only way out is up and only God can get me out.”

That is what I said then and that is what I will say now. The only way to answer God’s call is to follow Him the best way that you know. He will direct your path every time. There is no doubt when God calls, you will know, but you may not understand the mechanics of the call. I know that I did not. From the moment that I decided to follow what God had placed in my heart and I followed Him there was a sense of urgency from that moment to this day. I have never looked back nor wanted to change directions—ever.

Moses went to Egypt as did Joseph, but I never became the leader of much, at least, in the same sense of Moses. I have been sort of like those unknown names mentioned in the lineage of Jesus. Go and look for yourself. There are some names in that long list found in Mathew’s gospel that is only mentioned that one time. We know absolutely nothing about them, but they were important because they are listed in the lineage of the Christ. Me? I was an engineering student and a member of the ROTC when He called, but let me assure you, His call would have meant absolutely nothing had I not responded. However, He knew that I would answer in the affirmative and He made certain that I would not regret doing so.

Challenges have come at every turn from the moment I stepped out and said, “Okay.” I did not know where He would lead, but my expectations never materialized, but at this juncture of my life, I am able to look back and note everything I did would not have occurred without His direction, not one single thing.

I have been the pastor of several churches with my lovely and wise wife, Patti, standing alongside supporting me. God called her to Foreign Missions long before He called me into ministry. She never told me about her call until after He called me, and this was in 1978, more than 7 years after we were married. We went to Peru.

Many things happened in Peru, but, in my mind, one of the reasons He took us there is our adopted daughter, Rebecca Williford. I like to say that she found us and not the other way around. The moment we saw her in Monsefu, Peru we knew she belonged to us.
God is always right in what He does because He is Lord. BW.

 

About Bob Williford

Conservative Southern Baptist pastor, missionary, and personal evangelist. An avid supporter of Texas Tech Athletics. Enjoy oil painting, writing and woodworking. My wife, children, and grandchildren are my joy. Reading and writing are great for relaxing......
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