As a pastor, one of the highlights of ministry is seeing people take steps of faith. Sometimes it may be as small as inviting a friend to church or as large as a making career move. Rarely does someone take a step of faith that doesn’t bring about doubts like:
- I am not smart enough- God you really could find someone better.
- I have this huge failure in my past- God are you sure?
- God would never use someone like me- God please make a better choice
The truth is every BIG step of faith I take happens with a cloud of doubt and sometimes fear. I hear people talk about- yep, “never say never” or “I will do this in Jesus name” and other statements of bravado that made me believe- “Wow, they have so much faith and courage, my faith is nothing like that, God can’t use me”! After years of reading my Bible and following Christ I now understand hat doubt and fear are the stuff steps of faith grow out of.. I am actually less impressed with the over the top bravado of some Christians because I know better. This next statement is the key:
Great faith is not without serious doubts and fears-
and yet it chooses to step forward in spite of the circumstances.
It grieves me when I hear people describe great faith as though it insulates us from doubt and fear. Read your Bible and see the doubts and or fears expressed by these Biblical heroes:
- Moses when challenged to lead Israel
- Gideon when challenged to lead Israel into battle
- Jesus in Gethsemane and on the Cross prayed gut wrenching prayers in His struggle (yet fully God and fully man)
- All of the disciples after Jesus was crucified
- Mary and Martha when their brother Lazarus died
- Esther as she approached the king advocating for her people
Your doubts and fears do not disqualify you to be used by God because when He does use you- people say, “Wow, it must be God – I know Hal”!
This video got up a little late from Sunday…