Had he not had the Damascus road experience and heard the voice of Jesus, he would have continued on his path throughout his life.
Note: I can say for certainty that you have also at one time or another been knocked off your horse to get you attention. No one will be able to say in the end, 'God did not ever come to me.' Just because a person doesn't respond doesn't mean that God did not call them.
Another example is found in Jeremiah 28:15-17
“Then said the prophet Jeremiah unto Hananiah the prophet, Hear now, Hananiah; the LORD hath not sent thee; but thou makest this people to trust in a lie. V16 Therefore thus saith the LORD; I will cast thee from off the face of the earth: this year thou shalt die, because thou hast taught rebellion against the LORD. V17 So Hananiah the prophet died the same year in the seventh month.”
When you trust in a lie or an untruth, something not ordained by God, you run the risk of missing God’s intent for you.
You run the risk of:
- Mapping out your own design.
- Making a plan that God cannot sanctify.
- Starting a business that God does not bless.
- Marrying a man or woman without God’s approval.
- Hanging with people that worship God in vain.
- Making our own rules and regulations that take away from the freedom we have in Christ., burdening others with our own personal biases, bents and idiosyncrasies .
Excerpt from God Thinking XV - Train Your Mind To Think God Thoughts by Keith C. Powell 2015