{Faith} And then there was fear

By Cindy Morrone

‘His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.’ (2 Peter 1:3)

Moses
‘But Moses said to God, “Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”’ (Genesis 3:11)

Spies sent to explore the Promised Land
‘But the people who live there are powerful, and the cities are fortified and very large. We even saw descendants of Anak there.’ (Numbers 13:28)

Jonah
‘But Jonah ran away from the LORD and headed to Tarshish. He went down to Joppa, where he found a ship bound for that port. After paying the fare, he went aboard and sailed for Tarshish to flee from the LORD.’ (Jonah 1: 3)

Peter
‘But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” ‘(Matthew 14:30)

In the Bible, there are many examples of people responding in fear to a calling from God.

Fear, doubt, questions, apprehension, trepidation, worry…..

It seems natural responses to enormous challenges. Insurmountable circumstances, like freeing a nation from slavery, defeating invincible enemies, preaching to a world power, and walking on water, appear to even warrant fear.

An expected reaction when we look at only ourselves and only our abilities.

But our God makes the impossible…..possible (Luke 1:37).

He set the slaves and captives free, gave a Promised Land, forgave a nation turned from Him, and stopped the storm. That is our God!!!

Do you believe it? Do you believe He can do the same for you?

What has God called you to do? Has He asked you to step out? Step out of your comfort zone. What holds you back? Fear? Looking at your own abilities and inabilities? Taking your eyes off of Him and looking at the deep, stormy waters?

But what if…..

What if you said ‘yes’ to God when He calls? What if you obeyed His calling, no matter? No matter if fear arises. The Word says that His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3). Perhaps now is the time to say, yes and watch the unbelievable happen!!

Jesus
“Abba, Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.” (Mark 14:36)

The unbelievable happened…..

‘But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.’ (Ephesians 2: 4 & 5)

Dear Heavenly and Gracious Father,

Abba, Father we only want Your will in our lives. Set a fire in us to seek what our calling may be; open our eyes to Your will and call our actions into obedience. Sometimes as we consider what that might be; fear can set in. Help us to not be afraid; but to be faithful. For You provide all we need to follow through with what You have orchestrated. Thank You Lord, God for Your example in Your one and only Son, may our lips readily proclaim, ‘yet not what I will, but what you will.’ This we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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