Monday, February 28, 2011

This Friday will be my last day at my 'day job'. I've been with this company for three years while God faithfully prepared me to start my writing ministry full time. He has taught me so much about people and about myself. The time is finally here and I'm beginning to feel afraid.

I've let me mind wander into 'what ifs': What if I misunderstood God's promptings? What if I don't have anything to say? What if I fail?

God can handle 'what ifs' and He presents a few of His own: What if I reward your obedience? What if I give you My words? What if I use this for My glory?

Sound familiar? Have you been having this talk with God?

In His perfect timing, God led me to the book of Joshua to find some answers. God instructs Joshua to “be strong and courageous” and then explains how. Verse 1:7-8 instructs “Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”

Praise God for giving us a command and then explaining how to uphold it! He doesn't just say “be strong and courageous” and figure it out, He shows us how to become courageous. When we spend time in God's word we allow Him to speak to us. As we continue thinking about it throughout the day God's word begins to influence our actions. Soon we notice we don't feel so afraid.

God doesn't promise to take away our fears, He promises not to leave or forsake us. Sometimes we just have to do things afraid. But when we follow God in obedience, He leads us into our promised land. I'm choosing to replace my fear with excitement and anticipation because I serve a really big God. Are you ready to let go of some fear?

Be blessed,
Jennifer

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with your wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

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