Fear God?

Posted: November 24, 2008 in Perspective

The only things worth doing are things that scare the heck out of you.

At least, that’s how it seems to work with God.  God never seems to call His followers to things that are easy.  As Perry Noble once said in a sermon, “He calls us to unfair fights.”  In fact, I believe with all my heart that God prefers to call us to do things where we are uncomfortable…even afraid.  Why?  Because success in whatever endeavor He’s called us to can only happen in His power, not ours.

David defeated Goliath through God’s power.  David and Jonathan – just 2 guys – defeated lots of Philistines by themselves.  Noah built an ark in the desert.  Moses took on pharoah at 80 years old and got the Israelites out of Egypt.  12 guys just crazy enough to drop everything and follow Jesus changed the world.  God asked, “Will you follow?”  They answered, “Yes,” and God did amazing things through them.

Here’s how this works (at least for me):  If there’s an opportunity before me – some decision, or “calling,” if you will – and it’s not scary, I wonder if it’s really God leading me.  How is God glorified if it’s a task I can do without Him?  But if that opportunity – that “calling” – has me absolutely freaking out, it usually is God asking me to take a risk, to say “yes” when it doesn’t make sense to, and to move forward competely trusting in Him to do what He’s going to do.  It’s big, it’s scary, it’ll stretch you to your limits…

…but you say “Yes.”

We constantly pray for you, that our God may count you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may fulfill every good purpose of yours and every act prompted by your faith.  We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.  (1 Thessalonians 1:11-12).

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