If you’re anything like me, there have been times that you question your purpose and what God has called you to do. We see ourselves through the lenses of insecurity, self-doubt, and our past mistakes. God has not called us to have such a myopic view. Our Father knows the end from the beginning, and the plans that He has for us is dynamic, ever progressing.
In this walk, we are not alone; the Bible provides many examples of those who didn’t see themselves as God sees them; they didn’t see themselves as qualified. Moses was used mightily by God, yet he didn’t think he could fulfill the assignment. He said to the LORD, “I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue. And the LORD said unto him, Who hath made man’s mouth? Or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? Have not I the LORD? Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say” Exodus 4:10-12. Even after the LORD told Moses that He would be with him and that He is the one who created his mouth, he still doubted and wanted someone to speak in his stead. This angered the LORD, and in turn, Aaron (Moses’ brother) was chosen to be the spokesman, but that wasn’t the LORD’s initial plan. You may be called to do great exploits or be used to speak to nations and not feel capable. Honestly, you’re not. Nope!! You’re not able to -that is in your strength. God qualifies the called, and in our consistent union and obedience to Him is how we become equipped to walk in purpose.
Take Gideon, for example; the children of Israel had done evil in the sight of the LORD and were delivered into the hands of the Midianites. Even the Amalekites and the children of the east came up against them and destroyed their crops. Israel was impoverished as a result and cried out to the LORD. The LORD raised up a prophet to remind the children of Israel how He had delivered them from their oppressors in the past. (Isn’t it just like us to forget how the Father has delivered us). The Angel of the LORD came and sat down to converse with Gideon and said to him, “The LORD is with you, O brave man.” The Word of God says to call those things that are not as though they were. Gideon was fearful, yet the LORD called him brave! Gideon was also confused and couldn’t comprehend why they experienced such turmoil if God was with them. The LORD responded and told him to go forth and save Israel from the hands of the enemy. Gideon immediately replied how he was from the least significant family. Our genealogy and familial dysfunction doesn’t negate the call of God on our life. The LORD reassured him that He would be with him. Just like us, Gideon let his insecurity cloud the word he received from the LORD. Gideon needed confirmation, and God obliged. I think it’s essential to seek the LORD and ask for confirmation, but it behooves us not to become paralyzed by fear of taking a step. We must step out on faith. “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God” Romans 8:14.
Are you going to walk in all that God has called to you, too, or are you going to let insecurity, doubt, and fear hold you back? Decide to obey God and allow him to qualify you.
Father, it’s in the name of Jesus that we come before you. Father, we ask you to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. We thank you for your faithfulness and mercy. Father, we ask that you give unto us a spirit of wisdom and revelation. As we read your word, Father allows us to see ourselves as you see us-cause the eyes of hearts to be flooded with light. As we continue to walk with you, we trust that you will empower us to fulfill our purpose in you. For those who don’t know you, I pray that they would come into the knowledge of the truth and understand that you, Jesus are the way the truth and the life. No one can come to the Father except through you! We love you and praise you in Jesus’ name.
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Over the course of my adult life, I can recall seasons of identifying with Moses and Gideon. I feared stepping out of the boat, or so to speak, even after receiving clear instruction of what to do. I just didn’t think myself ready. I went so far as to barter with God, or that’s what I called myself doing. 😂 Silly me! I asked Almighty God, the Alpha and Omega, to allow me time to learn more… to let me engage with a less (spiritually) educated and astute group of women… Rather than making this a long story, I’ll end with this- I’ve come to understand that I can never do enough, learn enough… I now know that Christ Jesus has done more than enough!!! I trust Him!!!
Such a mighty word. We often have doubt within ourselves even when we know that God already has the plan set out for us.
So true and we let ourselves and others define and limit us instead of believing what God says about us 🙏🏽
So true!!! I struggle myself but He is faithful !