“I Don’t Feel Ready!”
Have you been putting off something you know God has called you to do because you don’t feel ready?
I’ve done that many a time.
I was reading about Moses’ calling this morning, and how he first protested and argued with the Lord that he must surely be the wrong man for the job. Moses didn’t feel ready. It was too huge a task – by human standards that is…
It’s Not About Whether We Feel Ready
If we waited until we felt ready nothing would ever get done! I’m not just talking about going as a missionary to some far-off country; when do you ever really feel ready to approach that complete stranger in your local supermarket and talk to them about Jesus? Or tell your work colleagues that you’re a Christian, or pray with your sick aunt who has always scoffed at your beliefs in God? Should we wait until we feel ready before we do the these things,or should we just do out obedience to the Lord?
God didn’t ask Moses if he felt ready to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. Moses definitely didn’t feel ready and was very vocal in letting God know this: “But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?” Exodus 3:11
God calls ordinary people to do extraordinary things
The Bible is filled with examples of ordinary people who God called to do extraordinary things that they didn’t feel ready to do and they told The Lord so. Another 2 examples are:
Gideon – “Please, Lord, how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house.” Judges 6:15
Jeremiah – “O Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I can’t speak for you! I’m too young!” Jeremiah 1:6
The fact that The Lord went ahead and led these (reluctant) heroes of the faith to do his work despite their protests isn’t a demonstration that God didn’t care about how they felt; It was because He knew them inside out and He knew that He had prepared their hearts for the task at hand – therefore they were ready!
God doesn’t ask if you feel ready, He knows when you are ready. If He has called you to something then you can be sure He has prepared you for it – He knows that you are ready!
He will provide everything you need, so you don’t have to be afraid. He will accomplish through you, plans that seem impossible by your own standards.
He’s Not Asking You To Fly Solo – He is With You
What was God’s reply to Moses at Moses’ protests?
He said, “But I will be with you, and this shall be the sign for you, that I have sent you:.” Exodus 3:12
And this was God’s response to Gideon’s fears: “But I will be with you, and you shall strike the Midianites as one man.” Judges 6:16
And again to Jeremiah – I love this! – “The Lord replied, “Don’t say, ‘I’m too young,’ for you must go wherever I send you and say whatever I tell you. And don’t be afraid of the people, for I will be with you and will protect you. I, the Lord, have spoken!” Then the Lord reached out and touched my mouth and said, “Look, I have put my words in your mouth!” Jeremiah 1:7-9
And lastly, Jesus to his disciples – the ones who were present with Him then and all future ones, such as you and me: “Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matt 28:20
Even as the excuses start to form on our lips He’s saying “I will be with you!” God doesn’t expect you to do it in your own strength. And, like Jeremiah, if you feel you lack the words, He will even give you those.
Whatever our protests today – “I’m too busy, too poor, too tired, too old, too young, too uneducated….” none of these have any grounds in the Kingdom of God.
God doesn’t wait for you to be ready. He looks for the heart that is willing. Are you willing?
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