“Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.” Then said I: “Ah, Lord God! Behold, I cannot speak, for I am a youth.” But the Lord said to me: “Do not say, ‘I am a youth,’ For you shall go to all to whom I send you, And whatever I command you, you shall speak. Do not be afraid of their faces, For I am with you to deliver you,” says the Lord.”
Memory verse: “Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10.
Fear is indeed a torment! It naturally starts by throwing at us a tiny little bit of doubt and then sits back to see how we respond to it. A positive response to doubt usually leads to quitting on God, while a negative response shows we have strength in the word and will only remain positive to the what the Lord says and not what the situation throws at us.
There are ideally only two options when such situations are encountered, one which is a Joshua & Caleb kind of response and the other which is the 12 leaders of the tribe of Israel who went out on the spy mission type of response. Positivity on God’s promise was lost and pessimism almost established a route in the heart of the people as their leaders were fearful because of what they saw on the spying mission but then Caleb killed the doubt in their heart and redirected them to God. “Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, “Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it.” Numbers 13:30.
We are sometimes like the Israelites who have so much human dependency but a little bit of God dependency. God calls a mission and puts us in a position to deliver His assignment, but we see the world and thing of every other person that has gone ahead. We doubt ourselves and begin to make excuses.
“But there are better people out there “,
“I cannot face the word “,
“ the last person failed “,
“ where would I get the finances from “,
“ I tried it before and failed “,
“ I am just not smart enough”,
“ I can’t because …….. fill the blank”.
Just like Moses and Jeremiah, we have an inexhaustible list of excuses ready to feedback but it’s important to know that your assignment is unique to you and awaits you to get it done.
Your coverage is different, and your assignment has your name written on it. God has been preparing you for it before you were conceived, therefore you are fully equipped to deliver your God given assignment.
Don’t be intimidated by the world, yes you don’t have what it takes to deliver but God does, so lay aside the fear of failure and take your place in delivering that assignment you were created to do. “for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.” Philippians 2:13.
- Father, receive my praise O Lord, I am grateful for all you do for me
- Thank you, Father, for your grace, goodness, mercies, and blessings over all that I am
- Forgive my iniquities Lord, help me to live my life for you
- Father, help me to trust completely in you and not to waver in faith
- Help me Lord never to doubt you, never to fear, but be Bold as a Lion and confident in you
- Help me to leave my comfort zone, to the place where you have ordained me to be
- Hear my cry O Lord, attend unto my prayers
- Thank You Lord for answers to my prayers, IJMN I pray, Amen.