“Be strong and very courageous. 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. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; 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. – Joshua 1:7-8 (NIV)
Has God given you a vision of His purpose and plan for your existence? Have you been able to forge ahead or have you been in a holding pattern? If you have been in a holding pattern, what are you waiting on? Be honest with yourself, are you truly waiting on God to give you the command to move forward or are you paralyzed with fear?
Fear is the enemy’s tactic to get even the most devout Christian to be disobedient and rendered useless. For those of us who are gripped with fear, we have hopes that God will have mercy on us and grant us an exemption from moving forward. Our hope is that He would allow us to remain within the boundaries of our comfort zone. After all, deep down in our hearts we truly want to be obedient but fear serves as a barrier to prevent us from moving forward.
Nevertheless, as a result of the Lord’s mercy He still calls us to move forward in obedience despite our fears. An unmerciful god would demand that we move forward without His presence but instead the Lord promises to go with us. Thus, He not only promises to go with us but He has left us an instruction book that imparts strength and courage to overcome the fear factor. As we forge ahead despite the fear, before long the fear will be replaced with strength and courage. The Word states that God also takes it one step further by granting success and prosperity to those who walk in obedience.
Lord, thank You never leaving me alone out on a limb. I am confident that everything You call me to, You will also hold my hand to bring me through.