Ready for a Challenge?
Greetings Summit Faith Family,
As children of God, I would imagine most of us would agree that God has a specific plan for our lives. Before time as we know it began, God was in complete control. As the author of creation, He is credited with molding each of us into unique individuals. Additionally, He provided us with the specific giftedness to fulfill the calling He would place on our lives. For many, realizing their God-given calling and fulfilling it results in a life filled with excitement and miraculous events. For others, identifying and accepting the challenges God places before us can be overwhelming and somewhat scary.
Moses is a clear example of someone who hesitated to accept the unique call God placed on his life. In the fourth chapter of Exodus, God shared with Moses the ministry He wanted Moses to complete, the ministry of leading the nation of Israel out of bondage. I am certain this would have seemed like an overwhelming job offer. It necessitated Moses stepping out of his comfort zone and undertaking a major responsibility and he needed some convincing he could do the job. Then Moses said to the Lord: Please, Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither recently nor in time past, nor since You have spoken to Your servant; for I am slow of speech and slow of tongue. The Lord said to him: Who has made the mouth of man? Or who makes him mute or deaf, or seeing or blind? Is it not I, the Lord?
Moses is not the only biblical example of someone who was overwhelmed at the prospect of fulfilling the call of God on his life. When the Lord came to Gideon, calling him into service, Gideon initially hesitated to accept the call. The Lord looked at him and said: Go in your strength and deliver Israel from the hand of Midian. Have I not sent you? He (Gideon) said to Him: O Lord, how shall I deliver Israel? Behold, my family is the least in Manasseh, and I am the youngest in my father’s house. (Judges 6:14-15) It is clear Gideon wondered if he should be the person to complete the task God had placed before him.
As I reflect on these examples, I am encouraged at the great victory these men experienced, for I too have times in my life when I feel as though God has placed a task before me that is overwhelming and, at first glance, demands greater abilities than I possess. I am facing a similar challenge now. The task is not as great as leading a nation out of bondage, but it is one that seems overwhelming to me. I wonder if I have the skills to complete the task. Frequently, I have to be reminded that the God of all creation made . . . me, and He wants to give me the opportunity to complete a unique and individual ministry He has gifted me to fulfill, not for my glory but for His. The emphasis is not in my abilities, but on His power and His ability to accomplish, through me, what He wants to accomplish. I wish this was a lesson I could learn one time and never have to struggle with again!
I wish I could remember that some of the greatest accomplishments mortal man experienced came when they stepped out of their comfort zones and allowed God to use them to accomplish things they never thought possible. The time will come when each of us is faced with a challenge that seems greater than we are. I pray that when you face such a challenge, you remember the great victories God gave Moses, Gideon and countless others.