Archives for the month of: January, 2014

Called to Obey

My three year old son, clad in his dinosaur pajamas, demanded his way. I gave him my best “mother” stare, and repeated, “No.” He turned and pointed back behind down the hall and said, “Then you go to my room!” That was where his time outs frequently occurred, and he responded to my refusal to obey him in the same way I typically responded to his defiance. I felt no compulsion to obey him; he had no authority over me.

Sometimes we obey out of fear, like in Nazi Germany. Sometimes we obey out of respect, like in a courtroom. But sometimes we obey because we completely understand that there are people whose experience and knowledge we need to trust. When we know and respect the people who ask for our obedience, it is easier for us to trust them and comply. When my car or my computer break down, I take them to people I trust to fix them, because I know next to nothing about cars or computers. I do not argue with their suggestions or try to give them “pointers”. I hired them because I trust them and recognize that my knowledge and experience is insufficient.

Obedience has gotten a bad connotation in our society. We like to pretend that we’re in charge of our world, and that we don’t answer to anyone. But the problem is obedience is required when we deal with things beyond our control or outside our experience and knowledge. It would be ludicrous for me to hire someone that I knew was incompetent. It would be just as ludicrous to ignore the counsel of someone I knew that was as expert.

We may willingly give obedience to those we respect, especially when we need their help. When what I believe about God allows me to follow him and know him and eventually love him, what happens when he asks something of me that I do not want to do? Does what I believe and know about God when I need his help match my response when he asks me for something that is hard or painful? If he takes too long to answer my prayer or gives me an answer I don’t like, does that give me permission to ignore his answer? Can I obey him when it’s easy and disobey when it’s not? Will I rely on what I believe and know, or will I pretend that I’m in charge?

God is God, and I am not. The longer I follow God, the more I know about God, the more I will understand that he has all authority and power. I have disobeyed him and suffered the consequences of my ill informed, immature choices. God doesn’t require our obedience so he can be in charge; he requires our obedience because his way is perfect and his laws are for our good. (Psalm 63) He loves us enough to pay attention to us and require us to do what is in our best interest. Our obedience doesn’t make him anymore powerful than he already is, but our obedience will allow us to be so much more than we can make of ourselves.

Obedience is not optional. Disobedience results in punishment and loss of blessing. Adam and Eve were banished from Eden; Lot’s wife turned to salt; Saul lost his kingdom; the rich man in Jesus’ parable went to hell; we are no different. We will obey, or we will suffer the consequences of disobedience. May our belief lead us to follow the one who has all authority, and may we follow him in obedience, trusting that what he asks of us will be for our ultimate good.

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Called to Love: Bluebird or Dog?

Sometimes we don’t seem to have enough words. I love chocolate, French onion dip, and tomatoes. I love my husband, my children, my family, and my friends. I love my home and my church. I love sunsets, the sound of waves on the shore, and the utter silence of walking in falling snow. I love beautiful music and the sound of a baby laughing. The love I have for each of those is totally different than the love I have for the others, but English only gives us one word to express all those concepts.

Every morning when I wake up, I get a cup of coffee, put out mealworms for the bluebirds, and settle down on the couch with my dog and my Bible. I love watching the bluebirds. They bring me joy, but they don’t know me. I haven’t named them; I can’t even tell them apart. They watch me warily through the window as they come and go from the feeder. If I move too suddenly or in their direction, they quickly fly away. They’re not grateful that I feed them; they just know where to go to find what they want. I provide; they take…no relationship, just routine.

My dog brings me joy as well. But the big difference is that I have a relationship with my dog. He is eager to follow me to the coffee machine and couch. He will settle himself in such a way that he can feel my touch as he falls back to sleep. He celebrates (by dancing!) each time I return home. He chooses to be with me. He responds to my call and my command. He knows my routine, and he is a precious part of my life and our family. My home is not complete without him. His presence brings me joy. You may not think he is the smartest or the most beautiful dog (though I would disagree!), but I love him utterly, not because of what he looks like or what he can do, but because he is mine. He doesn’t make my life easier; he is part of what makes the struggles of my days worth the effort.

The theme of the Ten Commandments and of Jesus’ teaching is that we are to love. Jesus made clear that the laws weren’t the goal….the relationship was. Jesus said that the entire law could be summed up with the word love. But I fear that too often we settle for “bluebird love” when what God wants is “dog love”. We may perch on the outskirts of religion in order to get just enough to survive another day. We show up when we need God’s provision, but we don’t allow ourselves to get close enough to know his love. We keep one eye on what we want and one eye on him to make sure he doesn’t get too close, and we fly quickly away if we sense his presence. We see him as a threat.

What God wants for us and from us is “dog” love. It is the desire of his heart to dwell with his people and share their lives. He came to us because he wants us to come to him. He wants us to understand that he will provide all that we need. He delights in us and wants us to find that same delight in him. He wants us to know his voice and find fullness and peace in his presence. And once we have, he wants us to share that love with others.

It is so much easier to do the right thing than it is to love. That requires so much more personal investment. I can guarantee an outcome or a finished product with far less risk and effort than a relationship requires. I can write a check or show my support and be done. I finish a checklist of requirements and obligations and never put my heart on the line. When God calls us to love him and others, what he wants is for us to stop going through the motions and just trying to survive; he wants us to love with everything in us: heart, soul, strength and mind.

In I Corinthians 13 Paul succinctly stated that behavior without love is worthless. God doesn’t ask us to behave in a way that looks like love. He doesn’t want us to go through the motions or check off a list to show that we’ve completed the demands of love. He wants us to believe and follow and know him until his presence is where we choose to be. He wants us to love him back and let the love he has for us spill over into the lives of those in our path.

God loved us before we knew him, and God’s love is higher, wider, deeper and more profound that any love we’ve experienced on this earth. Our deep down, “dog” love will put us in relationship that “bluebird” love will never know. Don’t cheat yourself. God loves you. The only two things he requires is that you love him and love others, not out of obligation or fear of hell, but because that relationship is what you were created for. Loving God won’t necessarily make your life easier; loving him and his people will make your life worth the struggle of this life.

Luke 10:27 ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’

Called to Know

“There is a significant difference between knowing ‘about’, knowing ‘that’, and ‘knowing’. I can know about anything that is listed in Wikipedia. Knowing ‘about’ doesn’t require any level of discernment; possessing a few facts will support any claim of knowing ‘about’.”

“Knowing that he is God implies more information and personal experience than just knowing about God. For example, knowing about my favorite football team is different from knowing that they will win the Super Bowl or who they will take in the next draft. Studying biblical history gives me information about God; my personal experience in relationship with him leads me to know ‘that’ he is the one true God. Even demons and unbelievers know about God. But the idea of ‘knowing’ as it is used by God in the Bible is far more complicated, time consuming, and intimate.”

The Bible is very clear. God knows us: the number of hairs on our head, a word before it is on our tongue, what is hidden in our hearts, our pain, our past and our future. But even though he knows us, warts and all, he chooses to see us as we can be, not just as we are. He addresses weak Gideon as “Mighty Warrior”, childless Abraham as the “Father of many nations” and indecisive Simon as “Peter, the rock”. The amazing thing to me is that he wants us to know him.

We will begin to know what we choose to follow. Time and focus give us insight and understanding. Those who chose to follow God in the Bible testified that they “knew” things. Job knew that God is holy and that his Redeemer lives (Job 6:10 and 19:25). Paul said “I know whom I have believed” (II Time 1:12). David recorded how God taught him to know. Ps 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God.

May you take his counsel and know the God who knows you.

Quoted excerpts above are taken from my book “He Wants You to Know”, available on barnesandnoble.com and amazon.com.

Called to Follow

We follow directions, polls, trends, and examples. We follow the crowd, news stories, and twitter feeds. We play “follow the leader”…but our choice of leader determines the course of our journey. Following anyone else implies that we are not in charge.

Jesus knows our propensity to follow whatever has our immediate attention. He did not announce his divinity and demand that those who support him meet certain criteria. He didn’t command us to accomplish specific tasks and report back to him. He has never required hurting, wounded people to find him; he has always gone to them. And when they recognize him, he consistently tells them, “Follow Me”.

Place matters. Sometimes Jesus’ instructions are to stay in the place where you are and follow his example to make that place different. Sometimes Jesus’ instructions are to follow him to a new place. But always his command is to come into his presence….no matter what place we are in. He never promises that following him will be easy, but he does promise that he will go before us and prepare the place for us. He may lead us through trial or persecution, but he will always lead us to rest, to righteousness, to understanding and into the very presence of God.

Eastern shepherds lead their sheep. The sheep know their voice and mingled flocks will separate as they hear their shepherd’s voice calling. Jesus described himself as “the Good Shepherd”. Shepherds protect and provide for their sheep. They know their sheep by name. So many voices in our world compete for our attention and our loyalty. Sometimes we can get caught in the crowd and wander off, only to find ourselves following unworthy leaders who seek only to serve themselves.

Long term good is seldom accomplished through short term easy. We have to be intentional about who we follow. It is not enough to hear his voice and recognize it; we must behave according to what he says and follow where he leads. It is dangerous for us to get ahead of God or to insist on staying where we are when God is calling us to move. If we believe that God is who he says he is, following him is the next logical step.

Mark 10:21 Come, follow me.

Called to Believe

Belief happens when information merges with intent and passion. Good teachers believe they will positively impact the lives of their students. Good lawyers believe that the law given in our Constitution works for the benefit of society. Good law enforcement officials believe that the risk they take to protect citizens is worth it. Good citizens believe that right and wrong transcend legal and illegal.

Belief is more than just accumulation of information. I am aware of information that sometimes has absolutely no impact on my thoughts or behavior. I am aware that driving too fast in rain or snow is dangerous, but sometimes I’m in a hurry. I am aware that more exercise and fewer calories will make me healthier, but relaxing is easier and sugar and fat usually taste better. I am aware that Christians who spend intentional time communicating with God know the peace of his presence and see evidence of his glory, but sometimes I’m busy with other things. When what I believe about my health or safety or righteousness becomes more important than what I want or what is easy, that information becomes action.

The next step you take toward God will begin with belief, whether you’re seeking him for the first time or whether you’ve known him for a whole lifetime. Before God gave Abraham children in his old age or tested him with Isaac, before circumcision, before the covenant, Abraham chose to believe God (Gen 15:6) , and that began his amazing story with God. Thomas was brokenhearted when the Lord he believed in died on the cross because he believed that Jesus’ death was the end of the story. The resurrected Jesus saw his pain and showed him his scars, and said to him in John 20:29 “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.”

God doesn’t ask us to begin our story with him by accomplishing great feats of valor or performing mighty miracles. He asks us to start by believing he is who he says he is. Believe that God can, even if you can’t. Believe that God sees you, even when you don’t see him. Believe that he loves you personally and has a plan for your life that is far greater than anything you can dream up for yourself. The Bible, beginning to end, is full of the accounts of people who chose to believe him, and knew relationship with him, right here on earth. The Bible was preserved for you so that you can be inspired by its words to believe for yourself.

God knows our frailty. He knows that our struggles sometime make it hard to see him. He knows that the world demands our attention, and Satan is dedicated to our destruction. He knows that even our best motivation and intentions can be crushed by fear and doubt.

There is one story in the Bible that God gave us just for the times when believing is hard. It has become one of my “go to” verses. In Mark 9 the father of a boy who probably had severe seizures came to Jesus and said, “If you can do anything, take pity on him and help us.” That is hardly a rousing declaration of faith, but Jesus’ response was to remind him that “Everything is possible for those who believe.” The father, wearied by fear for his son’s safety and crushed by hope that was dying said to Jesus, “I do believe; help my unbelief.” And there it is. Jesus healed the son and the father with one miracle. The God who requires that we believe he is who he says he is will help us take that step toward belief.

Maybe today you need to choose to believe God for your next step, or maybe you need to pray this father’s prayer before you can find that step. God does not change, but your perspective will as you choose to believe him.

We are Called

If I were to put the words of Jesus into two categories it would be verbs that indicate what we are to do and be, and his stories of what that is to look like. I don’t think Jesus ever wanted us to find comfort in activity; he wanted our activity to be an intentional choice based on our relationship with him.

What is the motivation for what you do? I do not clean or iron or cook or dust or any of those gajillion other things I do around my house because I just love doing them. I do them as an expression of my love for my family and my appreciation for what I’ve been given. I do not serve in my church because there is a checklist of “church things” required of me. I do not try to obey God’s word because I fear a lightning bolt will destroy me if I don’t. I do those things because I love God and want others to see him in me and know him, too. Action without relationship will rob us of our joy. It will cause us to create “religion” that is not drawing others to Christ.

Lately I’ve noticed some Christians around me who are not characterized by joy. They are “doing” all the right things, but because they think they are supposed to, not because it is an outpouring of their love for God. When God told the Hebrews to build him a Tabernacle in the desert or a Temple in Jerusalem, he wasn’t just giving them chores to keep them busy. The goal of what they were to do was to create a place where he could meet with them.

The Church today seems to be in decline in America. Maybe that’s because of what we’ve made the church into. God, in both Testaments, called us to himself. Jesus established the church before he ascended as a tool for us to seek God in our lives, not as the goal of our lives. I’ve had people tell me that they have “religion” and they don’t need the church. Their “religious” philosophy is enough for them. Religion is what man has made out of the Church God wanted. Religion is a static set of rules and rituals. God never called us to religion. God calls us to active relationship, with him and with other Christians, that will make us constantly aware of his presence.

Every time you see God in relationship with an individual, you see change. Abraham and Joseph changed their address. Moses and David changed their career goals. Daniel changed his diet. The blind could see; the lame could walk. Jesus awoke passion in Peter, peace in a demon possessed man, and generosity in Zacchaeus. People who find comfort in the routine of their own plans are missing the adventure and abundance God wants for them. God may change your plans, or may ask you to keep your plans and change your perspective, but he will ask you to change.

Knowing God, knowing his love and his presence and his guidance, is anything but static. It is not a passive existence for prudish people. Too many choose obedience that they hope will keep them from hell, and refuse the relationship that makes this life awesome. What God calls me to do will undoubtedly look very different from what he calls you to do. But we are called to do.

My next few blogs will examine some of these “action” verbs. God commands us to action. Jesus is very clear, and I’ve found he’s even alphabetical…!

It’s Not About You

There is so much complaining in our society: our government, our media, our schools, the crime rate, the environment. We have no lack of topics to use as a means of attacking each other. We attach ourselves to a particular cause and let that define our expectations and behavior. There is a reality show about Green Peace advocates who give their life and fortune to punishing those who illegally kill whales. A church from Arkansas dedicates itself to attacking homosexuality and America’s war in the Middle East. (Wonder what they think about judgmentalism and self-righteousness?) Opponents of abortion have murdered doctors to make their point. Whenever we focus on a piece of the truth, we lose perspective on the whole truth. We seek personal or political victory, but what we need is God.

Throughout history as cultures have begun to thrive, they begin to turn inward. They believe that what they want is what they deserve. There is no empire that has ever been created that did not fall, no great civilization that did not self-destruct because it lost sight of its dreams and began to compromise to protect its power. America is no different. As we’ve eased God out of our media, schools and culture, we’ve seen the breakdown of the family, increase in violence and crime, deterioration of morality, and loss of basic integrity as a standard for our leaders. We’ve become convinced that we can fix ourselves. We’re told that we don’t need God; we just need more government programs, more self-awareness, and more income redistribution. And when our goal is to force others to adopt our perspective, we come up with all sorts of plans that turn out to be lies. More education has failed to provide society with all it needs to prosper. We can’t prevent our youth from becoming criminals if we just give them enough affirmation, the right education and the best opportunities. Modern psychology and the legal system try to explain man’s sin by blaming circumstances, parents, education, race, poverty, etc., without ever holding the individual accountable for himself. We try to convince ourselves that we are smart enough and powerful enough to make ourselves what we should be….and history has proven over and over again that we can’t. We ignore God’s character and law and don’t understand why we no longer have his blessing. When our focus is on ourselves – our agenda, our preferences, our comfort zone – we lose focus on God. We get it backward, and it will never work that way. It’s not about us; it’s about God.

The world curses those who oppose and disagree with them. The world seeks to impose its will on all and punish those who don’t cooperate. Jesus commanded us not to play by the world’s rules.

Mat 5:43-44 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you”

Sometimes love involves giving others the space to fail or discover for themselves. Sometimes it involves taking an unpopular stand or refusing to compromise. But the love God requires from us will never look like hate. It will never seek the destruction of those who irritate us. It will always look more like love than selfishness.

What would happen if you committed to praying for all who disagree with you, rather than complaining about them? How different would our culture be if the Christians actually blessed their enemies and prayed for those who curse them? How different would your heart and your week be if you chose obedience to this one command?

Roses and Frogs

There is something beautiful and elegant about roses. The softness, shape, color, and even the thorns set them apart from all other flowers in creation. We use them to express our love for others and as a gift for celebration. I’m blessed to be married to a man that brings them home for me on holidays and on ordinary days when my circumstances rob me of beauty and elegance. Roses don’t change the circumstances of my day, but they can remind me of the things that can restore my joy, despite my circumstances.

I have three precious children living next door to me. They bring me joy and laughter….and they bring me frogs. I find nothing beautiful or elegant about frogs. We have a creek that runs through our yards that is a gathering place for the children on our street, and the kids next door know that I have a pond in my backyard. They believe that the frogs in the creek would be happier living in my pond. The first time I opened my door to find their faces aglow with anticipation and they said, “Ms. Bev, we brought you something”, I had no idea what I was in for. Gratefully, I did not reach out to take the gift they had hidden between their muddy hands.

That was our first frog. Since that day, many have been added to the pond population. They range from as small as a quarter to as large as my fist. We’ve become so used to each other that they rarely even jump in the water when I sit next to the pond. Some summer nights their croaking is loud enough to be heard through closed windows. I don’t particularly love frogs, but I’ve come to love those kids next door. And because of those three precious children, frogs now bring me joy.

In my house both frogs and roses are gifts. Both indicate that someone has made an effort to bring me joy. Both do. One I’ve always admired. The other I had to learn to appreciate.

Sometimes God gives us gifts that are anticipated and welcomed. Sometimes his gifts require a change of perspective before we make peace with them and can call them “good”. It is the desire of his heart to give us gifts. May we never deny ourselves the pleasure of celebrating only the gifts that meet our preconceived notions. May this day bring you both “roses” and “frogs” that will give you joy and remind you that you are loved.

Matthew 7:11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him.

God doesn’t call us to security.

Talented teenage boy to prepare for greatness. Survival skills and weapons expertise required. Ability to lead the unqualified a plus. Good opportunity for advancement.

God is not going to interrupt his day or your expectations to give you an easy task that carries a guarantee of success. He doesn’t call Moses over to the burning bush to ask him to take on a few more sheep. He didn’t ask David to just practice his music in the court of Saul, rather than the pasture. He didn’t ask Paul to keep his job and just go a bit easier on the Christians. God wants your obedience to lead you so far out on the edge that you can’t save yourself, and then delight in the fact that he’s got it all under control. He doesn’t promise that it will be easy or that you will succeed. He does promise he will be with you every moment and that everything you trust him with and do for him will work out for your good and his glory.

Every time God interrupted someone’s life in the Bible, their first reaction was fear. Nearly every time an angel made a personal appearance, he began with, “Fear Not”. None of the people who said yes to God would have originally chosen the path God gave them. Most of them gave God some kind of argument or alternative plan that they were more comfortable with. But God doesn’t react to our fear with “Oh, never mind then.” He reassures us that he is in control. To Joshua he said, “Be strong; do not be afraid.” To Gideon he said, “The Lord is with you Mighty Warrior.” To the disciples he said, “I will never leave you or forsake you.” You will feel inadequate and incapable, but he doesn’t ask you to do it by yourself and report it back to him when you’re done. He wants to walk you through it, to use it to increase your maturity and dependence on his power, not yours. He wants to use you to display his glory in the lives of those around you.

Every time you say no to God, your heart becomes just a little harder, and you become a little more addicted to comfort, a little more sure that you want to stay in control. Every time you say yes, you end up with a clearer perspective, more wisdom, a deeper relationship with him, more compassion for other people, and the certainty that maintaining the pretense of your control is not worth losing what God wants for you.

Bottom line is all of the big names in the Bible knew and probably feared the risk of trusting God. The ones who were bound by their fear or who made their decision based solely on the logic of their circumstances lost the blessing and a front row seat to see God’s power in human history. (What would Jonah have seen if he had stayed in the city of Nineveh to encourage those who would believe and be a part of the biggest revival in the Bible?) Those who chose to trust God more than they feared their circumstances saw the glory of God right here on earth. No matter what choice you make, it costs you something. What are you willing to spend?

If you have no concern about what’s going on in your world and how God wants you to respond to it, then you’re not paying attention. If your fear is so great that you’re paralyzed into inaction, you need a better perspective on who God is. If you just can’t allow yourself to take a risk, study the history of God’s interaction with his people. See the God who used a death sentence or a beauty pageant to put his child into place to change the world. See the God who made ragtag bands of untrained militia victorious against the largest and best equipped armies in the world. See the God who can change the hearts of powerful pagan kings like Nebuchadnezzar or Darius or change the minds of intellectuals like Paul or Nicodemus. Watch him provide all that his people need to build tabernacle in the middle of a desert or rescue Noah’s reputation just before he destroys all Noah’s enemies. Watch him protect a young family from the plans of an evil king. Watch him encourage his friend to walk on water or taste wine that used to be water. What has he asked you to do that you think is just too big or too hard or too risky for you to feel safe and in control? Based your decision to be obedient on who he is, not what you’re afraid of.

A song I loved in college had the words, “When you can’t trace his hand, trust his heart.” If you don’t know his heart well enough to trust it, start there. Find a Bible study; join a small group; ask him…he delights in being your personal tutor. If you do know his heart, but that’s not enough, then repent of your pride. Make him not just your Savior, but your Lord. What he wants for you is “more than you can ask or imagine” for yourself.

Risks will make you vulnerable, but no matter what your decision is, it will cost you something. Wouldn’t you rather lose the world, and gain God, than lose God and continue to pretend to be in control? What does God’s want ad for you say?

Wanted – a child who will love me with all of his heart. Training and experience will be provided. This is a lifetime commitment, but will include companionship of a perfect love, protection of a mighty warrior, and wisdom of a great counselor. Benefits are more than you can ask or imagine.

Risk takers make history

Wanted: Banished murderer to face his accusers. Harsh travel conditions. Must have leadership experience and some knowledge of desert snakes. Problem solving skills a plus. Permanent undetermined relocation required.

There is not one advancement in medicine, science, history, art, or any other part of our culture that didn’t start with someone willing to take the risk. Can you imagine Picasso’s art teacher seeing his work for the first time? They tortured Galileo because he thought the world was round. They excommunicated Martin Luther for proclaiming that God wanted a personal relationship with his people. How many people went broke moving to California to pan for gold? How many died trying to settle the west? The men who signed the Declaration of Independence were signing their death warrants if the Colonies had lost the war. How many soldiers have gone to war to prevent tyranny or injustice or corruption?

Were those risks worth it? Ask a Concentration Camp survivor if it would have been better for the Allies to just leave Hitler alone. What if Alexander Graham Bell had feared failing and looking stupid more than he believed in his invention? If the Wright brothers had given up after their first crash? If Henry Ford had abandoned the idea of a personal car because no one really seemed to need it at that point? How many spies have risked their lives to get information that determined the outcome of the battle to the people who would later win it? What difference does it make to us now that those people thought the risk was worth it? One of the most troubling accusations that has been made of our culture is that we are so prideful that we refuse to risk our convenience for anything…and that what separates us from the “Greatest Generation” as Brokaw described them.

The weird thing is we have no clue what is next for us. We expect more of the same and logical transitions, but that is so often not the case. My family visited the World Trade Center on August 17, 2001. We spent one hour in security lines. Guards wanded each of us, went through my purse, and made us walk through a metal detector so they were sure we didn’t have guns or explosives. The people in charge of security for the Towers did everything they could to prevent the attack they expected. The problem was that they weren’t expecting the attack that actually occurred. Satan is not stupid. He is not going to announce his battle plans and give you the chance to get ready before he strikes. He will tempt and attack you in the way you are least expecting, the way you are most vulnerable. What seems so right in our eyes according to our logic and our expectations may be totally unrelated to what is actually in our future. The biggest risk we face is in ignoring the God who knows the future.

What is God calling you to do that you’re afraid to trust him with? What does God want to do through you or in you or for you that you’ve been fighting him on? I believe that if you feel no sense of anticipation or discomfort or fear, you’re not listening to him. God is not about to let you lie dormant. He has big plans for you. Jer 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you’, says the Lord. ‘Plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” But none of those can come to pass if you insist on being your own God and rejecting any course of action that has no risk, that you can’t control. You’ll never see God’s power as clearly as when you finally realize you’re not in control at all.

For you A types who need confirmation, that one was Moses 🙂