“FAITH AND NOT FEAR”
“Moses replied, “It will turn out that they will not believe me, nor will they hear my voice. Rather, they will say, ‘The Lord has not appeared to you.’ “The Lord said,” What is it you have in your hand? ” And he replied, “A rod.” The Lord said to him, “Throw it on the ground.” And he threw the rod to the ground, and it became a snake, from which Moses fled. Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand, and take the snake by the tail.” And he reached out and took it, and the snake became a stick in his hand. “By this they will believe that the Lord, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob, has appeared to you.”
(Exodus 4: 1-5)
Have you ever been intimidated by the opinion that others might have of you? It was very common in the university to be afraid when presenting an exhibition and speaking before an audience, or when the professor in class asked us a question, which we all had to answer. Or as adults when feeling the nerves and fear of the first job interview. If you shared any of these experiences, or have your own, at some point you faced the insecurity of dealing with the opinion of others.
Moses also felt that fear, thinking about the possibility that the people of Israel did not believe in him, nor in the message that he brought in the name of the LORD. His fear was about to take him away from the joy of serving GOD and from all the blessings that come from becoming instruments of His purpose.
When he was commanded by the LORD to lead the people of Israel to the promised land, Moses’ response was: “They will not believe me, nor will they hear my voice; because they will say: The Lord has not appeared to you.” His doubts clouded his vision of observing that with the LORD the abundance and peace of a land thought by him for his children would await him.
When we let fear become the first feeling that reigns in our hearts, just what happened with Moses can happen. We can limit our ability to receive the wonderful blessings of GOD and, being prey to doubt and anguish, remain paralyzed, without reaction, without response to the actions that the LORD calls us to perform in His name. That your character does not diminish before the fear of failing, or before the opinion that others may have of You at any given moment. The LORD calls us to grow in determination and conviction to trust Him to overcome every obstacle. As the word dictates: “Because God has not given us a spirit of cowardice, but of power, love and self-control.”
(2 Timothy 1: 7)
GOD has a wonderful plan for your life, which day by day with your actions you must materialize. Do not let feelings of hopelessness stop those actions and prevent you from opening to the abundance of life in THE LORD. Remember that in Him everything is possible.
Dear LORD, grant me the courage to overcome the fear and anguish that I find in things that are beyond my control. Strengthen my faith to trust that they are under Your care, so that I can continue on the path of abundance and life that You have planned for those who seek You and follow You. In the name of JESUS. Amen and Amen.