I'm thinking of those righteous men of God who started off the same way; fearful! They all had a mission in life; though, some took years to realize that mission or purpose. But God knew from the beginning! He knew exactly what He had deposited in each one of them and how much He would withdraw when the time was right.
When he told Abraham to leave his country and move into a strange land, if he had not gone with fear, perhaps his generations wouldn’t be as the stars. If Moses had not gone with fear, perhaps Israel would still be enslaved in Egypt. If Joshua had not gone with fear, the wall of Jericho would still be up. If Jonah hadn't finally gone with fear, the people of Nineveh would've been condemned.
God knew why He said, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be fearful; do not be discouraged, for I will be with you all the way." Joshua 1:9 NIV
If Jesus had let his fear stand in the way, we would still be slaves of Sin. Think of it, even our Lord was filled with fear. Did you really think our Lord wasn't afraid? It was his side of humanity. “Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.” Mat. 26:39 Just before his prayer he told his disciples, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with Me.” Mat. 26:38
In other words, Jesus felt alone, was afraid and pained to death while fulfilling His calling. But he knew he had to do it, because He loved us that much. Think about it… the more we suffer, are confused, or fearful, the more we're on God's radar. He has great plans laid out for each one of us. He is in the midst of everything: in our family, friends, work, passions (including our writings). Did Jesus run away from the will of God? Absolutely not! He proceeded with fear.
So let us imitate Him. Let us take up our cross (whatever burden or fear it be), seek the will of God, pursue the passions of our heart and proceed with fear. The road ahead might be dark and scary but let us not allow our fears to bind us any longer. Let us trust in the God who conquered in spite of the fear! After all, we are His children and we are more than conquerors in Him with whom all things are possible.
So at the end of this week, I leave you with this thought in mind:
What has been your biggest fear lately?
Have you allowed it to bind you and hold you back from accomplishing your purpose in life?