There are times in our Christian walk when God asks us to do something that puts fear into us. We immediately resist his commands and try to sway God on why we do not think it is a good idea. We make up excuses and tell God this is an impossible task. We convince ourselves that there is no way we can accomplish what He is asking of us. We try to bargain with God to let us off the hook and go about our business. We can try every excuse in the book, but God will not let us miss an opportunity to grow in our faith.
Fear tells us that we cannot do something because of past hurts or the unknown. We do not want to tread unfamiliar territory. We want to stay comfortable and know our surroundings. Being comfortable is okay for a season, but there comes a time when God asks us to be uncomfortable. He sees us squirming in our seat and filled with doubt. He is a compassionate God who understands our fear and hesitation.
But, God is a Father figure in everyone’s lives, and every parent must push their children out of comfort into the unknown. If they don’t, their children will never experience new things and be well rounded. These experiences develop and shape us for who we are today. We grow as an individual and spiritually when we embrace something new and use it as an opportunity. We grow in Christ when we step out of our comfort zone and walk in faith.
This week, God is asking me to take a step of faith and be obedient to His Word. I have asked God, “why this” and was trying to persuade Him on why this was a bad idea. Let’s just say, I did not sway God to change His mind. Instead, I started asking for the courage to step in faith in this matter. I asked God to increase my faith so I can be obedient to Him. My prayers shifted when I realized God is not taking no for an answer.
Sometimes we do not know why God asks us to do something. That is where faith comes in and gives us the courage to obey Him, no matter His request. If God is asking, He will give us the courage to take a step of faith and walk into the unknown. He will provide for our needs and concerns as they come. We are not alone in this journey. He is in front of us preparing the way. All He asks of us is to be obedient when He says, “go”.
Maybe God is asking you to do something that you are fearful of. It makes you uncomfortable to even think about it. I encourage you to be in prayer and always seek God for courage to do the impossible. Remember, what we think is impossible is possible with God.