“This is my command – be strong and courageous! Don’t be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord our God is with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9 NLT)
Uncertainty, and fear of trying the unknown is a very real thing, even . It can be reluctance of trying something new, or fear of major life changes. Recently a preacher spoke of how he loves to eat grape jelly on biscuits and gravy. Let’s just say the overall reaction was not positive, with most reluctant to consider even trying it. The following week, several members of the congregation did try it and said it was good, or at least not as bad as they had feared. One had said no for 39+ years and finally tried it, having to admit that it was not bad at all.
Have you ever felt that God wanted you to do something for Him that was out of your comfort zone? Did you fail to do it because of your fear of trying something new? It is so easy to rationalize not doing something by simply saying, it’s probably not God anyway, it’s just a random thought. We don’t do it and so we will never know what might have been the outcome if we had just trusted God and His promise to be with us wherever we go.
I can assure you that if you endeavor to serve God whole-heartedly, He will at some point challenge you to undertake something that you have never done before. I encourage you to look to Him at that moment and be strong and courageous, accept the challenge and just do it. Your life may never be the same again.
Lord, challenge me with something new. Show me how you want me to be your
disciple in an unexpected way. I will look forward to the ways you will bless others through my obedience, amen.