He was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God; this is the gate of heaven.” Genesis 28:17
There is something about fear and faith working together that intrigues me. It seems, at least in my life, that the times of greatest fear are the times God is calling me to display the greatest faith. I wonder (really I know) God does this so the attention and glory will not be on me, but on Him who can do all things. Somehow, if I was able to easily accomplish what God asked me to do, or even to endure, it wouldn’t make God seem that special; even that important.
Of course, God is special. His glory created the Heavens and the earth. He really doesn’t “need” me for anything. He chooses to use me simply to display His glory and honor. To do this, He must do through me things I couldn’t do apart from Him. So, He calls me to God-sized tasks that require an increase in faith beyond what I have ever experienced previously. It may be to move in some new area of my life or to simply remain patiently as I wait for Him to move again, but both require faith. Each new challenge grows my faith to another level.
What is God calling you to do today that is bigger than you; that in order to accomplish it will require an even greater display of faith than you have ever displayed before?
- Is it to end a relationship you know is not God-honoring?
- Is it to begin a new chapter in your career life?
- Is it to step out in faith into some ministry opportunity?
- Is it to forgive the person who hurt you the most?
- Is it to simply trust Him with your finances, your family or your future?
Once you know God is calling you to something and you become afraid, the question then is what are you going to do about it? Will you reside in fear or surrender by faith to God’s plan for your life?
As Henry Blackaby says, “What you do next reveals what you believe about God!”
That choice, my friend, is yours!