I will try to take you back to the period when situations from the Bible unfolded and what was like – when God called people to do work for Him.
Maybe you can feel what kind of atmosphere spread in moments such as that and what kind of feelings were awaken in people who were called to do big – great things.
First story of Jacob in Genesis 28. He was running away, fleeing for his life. As he left his father’s home, leaving all that was familiar behind.
God appeared to him in a dream. What was God’s great promise to Jacob?
It is found in Genesis 28:15: “I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you…”
What about the story of Moses? God appeared to him in the burning bush and commissioned him to go to Egypt and lead the nation of Israel to freedom.
Moses was afraid. A lot of this people tempted Moses and God’s Word, but…
What God promised him?
Look at Exodus 3:12: And God said, “I will be with you.”
How about Joshua? On the day when Moses died, the whole weight of leadership now rested on Joshua’s shoulders; not just leadership but the responsibility of conquest.
He was commissioned to lead the people into the Promised Land. He was afraid.
How did God reassure him?
Look at Joshua 1:9: “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.”
Then there was Jeremiah. God gave Jeremiah one of the toughest assignments in the Bible. He told him to go and tell the nation of Judah that God was going to punish them and send them into captivity.
It was a painful and unpopular message, and the people were going to hate him for preaching it.
But Jeremiah’s sufferings began with a divine call: The word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:4-5
Look how God reassured him in Jeremiah 1:7-8: But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, I am only a child. You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you.”
“Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you.” declares the Lord.
Have God called you to walk on the water?
“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” Come, Jesus said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.
But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand…“You of little faith, why did you doubt?” Matthew 14:22-32
Don’t stay on the boat, when God is calling you to walk on water.
Are you afraid of human opinions? I will remind you of this:
When the people of Sarah saw the old infertile woman, God saw in her the mother of many nations.
When the people of David saw the young poor shepherd, God saw the mighty king of Israel.
When people saw Joseph as a poor prisoner, God saw a powerful king of rulers.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5
“You did not choose me, Jesus said to his disciples, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit.” John 15:16
GOD IS GOOD. ♥