I hate to say this, but…I can totally and completely relate…(doesn’t that stink?)
I want to be strong, have faith, and fight the good fight, but sometimes it just feels as if the world is banging down my door and all I can do is just sit in the corner, all curled up in my shell, just waiting, watching, and waiting some more.
Did you know that Moses felt that he was inadequate to do what God had called him to do? He asked God, “Who Am I?”….whoa, I mean seriously…Moses did a mighty work for God, and even he was afraid…then, when the time came for him to hand the baton over to Joshua, Joshua was FACED with HIS FEARS as well.
I love this…in Joshua 1:5-9 God tells Joshua, “No one will be able to stand up against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. 6”Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their forefathers to give them. 7 Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. 8 Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Can you believe it??? Three times (bold and italics mine) he was told to BE STRONG AND COURAGEOUS!!!! You know what that tells me? It tells me that God knew that he would face fear and uncertainty in his ministry, in his life, and in his calling.
Whew…what a relief…I am NOT the only one who has to FACE MY FEARS!!! You know it has been said that most people, when faced with fear tend to do three things…1) Flee, 2) Fight, or 3) Freeze…I am not sure that there is a right or wrong answer here, but what I do know is that God has made me who I am…I am growing in Him, I seek to be more like Him, but at some point I have to stop and FACE MY FEARS and fully rely on Him.
I don’t know what FEARS you are facing right now, but I do know this…you are NOT alone…
Deuteronomy 31:6 says: Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” (bold and italics mine)
I want to leave you with the lyrics to one of my MOST favorite songs…I pray that it encourages you to be “BRAVE”.
The gate is wide
The road is paved in moderation
The crowd is kind and quick to pull you in
Welcome to the middle ground
You’re safe and sound and
Until now, it’s where I’ve been
‘Cause it’s been fear that ties me down to everything
But it’s been love, your love, that cuts the strings
So long status quo
I think I just let go
You make me want to be brave
The way it always was
Is no longer good enough
You make me want to be brave
I am small
And I speak when I’m spoken to
But I am willing to risk it all
I say your name
Just your name and I’m ready to jump
Even ready to fall…
Why did I take this vow of compromise?
Why did I try to keep it all inside?
I’ve never known a fire that didn’t begin with a flame
Every storm will start with just a drop of rain
But if you believe in me, that changes everything
Nichole Nordeman, Brave
If I can pray for you please let me know…it would be my honor to partner with you in prayer!