Have you ever felt like you were running from or avoiding something, but you weren’t sure why? Ever been afraid of the “unknown”? How often do we fear failure? Life is so busy and filled with so many activities, sometimes it is difficult to slow down and listen to that “still small voice” or truly hear what the Lord may be trying to tell us. Perhaps, maybe we just have selective hearing because we want to do what we think is best or what pleases us?
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
The Lord tells us in His word, that he has plans for every one of us…So many times, we are so busy making plans of our own we forget we are not the ones in control. Being mindful of whose we are and what we are called to do is the first step… then we must listen to what God is calling us to do and step up!
The story of Jonah comes to mind, when thinking about stepping up to God’s commission… Jonah’s story depicts how God truly is in control and is in command of everything to carry out His plan. If we acknowledge God as having full reign in our lives, He will use us in ways we cannot fathom. There may be times when God is calling us to lead and we are fearful of failure…but with God’s direction and blessing, we cannot fail. We can do all things through Christ … and to Him we can give all the Glory!
Jonah 17:9 But I, with shouts of grateful praise, will sacrifice to you. What I have vowed I will make good. I will say, ‘Salvation comes from the Lord.’”
God knows our talents and abilities better than we know them, ourselves… and He has the master plan. Resting in Him and stepping out in faith in every aspect of our lives and seeking what it is He calls us to do, requires faithfulness and results in a peace He can only give us. Our heavenly father knows what is best for His Children before we even figure it out…and being aware of God’s purpose in our lives by staying in consistent communion with Him, allows us the opportunity to truly discover our heart’s desire.
Through personal experience, I can tell you that God can change the desire of our hearts. He has the ability to change our hearts and put a desire there when it’s necessary to carry out His plan. It is then, when we follow His will for our lives, and obey, that we will experience true peace and happiness and ultimately He will be able to use us to help change lives.
Psalm 37: 4 -5: Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart. 5Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, and He will do it.
So, if the Lord is calling us into leadership, we must have no fear! We must listen and faithfully step up!