“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all we ask or think according to the power that works in us.”
Have you ever wanted to obey God’s call, but you were just too paralyzed by doubts and fears to take that first step of faith? Have you ever felt like you don’t have what it takes to do what God is asking you? If this sounds familiar, I want you to know that you are not the only one.
Recently, I have been reading in Exodus for part of my school. When I got to the part about Moses, something stuck out to me that I hadn’t paid that much attention to before. I always thought of Moses as a mighty man of God who rarely struggled with fears. He helped free the Israelites from slavery, he led thousands of people through the wilderness, and he fought countless battles. But in chapter 3, I noticed something: Moses did struggle with questions and fears just like us. God had just appeared to him through a burning bush and had told him that he was to go to Pharaoh and free the Israelites. But Moses responded by saying, “Who am I that I should go to pharaoh, and that I should bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?” (Exodus 3:11) God responded by giving Moses a promise: “Certainly, I will be with You” (Exodus 3:12). But even with that promise, Moses still continued to ask other “what if” questions. He felt too paralyzed by fear to step out. He felt like he didn’t have what it would take. Sound familiar?
A lot of times we can look at people like Moses and say, “I understand why God chose him; look at how fearless he was!” But what we forget is that he had the same questions and doubts as us. He cried out to God and said, “Why me?” He was afraid, uncertain, and felt like he didn’t have what it would take to do it. Just like you and me, he struggled with doubts and fears and feelings of inadequacy. But instead of letting these fears stop him, he learned overtime to step out in faith by leaning on God’s promise of never leaving him. And God took that one step of faith and turned Moses into a mighty warrior for Him. So what I want you to understand is that even if you do struggle with fears and doubts, and even if you do struggle with feeling like you aren’t the one for the job, God says, “With Me all things are possible. If you only trust in My promise and lean on Me for strength, I can turn you into who I meant you to be.”
In Ephesians 3:20, Paul tells us that God can do “exceedingly abundantly above all we ask or think according to the power that works in us.” Friends, God has no limits. There is no one too weak or inadequate for God to use in mighty ways. In fact, God’s strength is “made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9). Remember that the same power that raised Christ from the dead lives inside everyone who believes in Him (Romans 8:11). So whenever fear comes crawling in to hold you back from God’s amazing plan, set your eyes on God’s promise of never leaving you, pray to Him for strength, then step out in faith and obey Him. Trust me, it’s worth it.