When we hear from God and it is both humbling and exciting to know that the God of the universe took the time to speak to us, but it can also be scary.
When we realize exactly what He has said we might become afraid or even doubt and that is when we begin to look to others for support.
Usually looking for support from others is good, but in this instance it can be detrimental to your faith. Many times when God speaks and we excitingly tell others, they do not agree.
One of the secrets to a dynamic faith walk is to become strong in your convictions so when the naysayers come you will not shrink back.
The apostle Paul knew this secret, he said in Galatians 1:15-17, “But when He who set me apart, even from my mother’s womb, and called me through his grace, was pleased to reveal His Son in me, that I may preach Him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately consult with flesh and blood, nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me; but I went away to Arabia…”
When Paul said he did not consult with flesh and blood, it not only meant he did not ask for others opinions, but also that he did not consult himself, he did not talk himself out of it, instead he went away for three years, learning from the Holy Spirit, gaining strength for the call of God.
I know for us it is not realistic to go away for three years, but we can set ourselves apart, choosing not to tell anyone, giving the Holy Spirit time to strengthen us in our conviction.