COURAGE SAYS, ‘BECAUSE GOD CAN I WILL TRUST HIM AND ACT.’

Posted: July 26, 2016 in Art, Books, Christianity, Education, Encouragement, Faith, Family, History, Hope, Inspiration, Life, Lifestyle, News, Parenting, Photography, Politics, Quotes, Success, Travel, Uncategorized

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‘“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.’ – Matthew 14:29-29 NIV

By age 16, or 17, I was invited to assume the role of ‘head counselor’ at the summer camp I began volunteering at age 14. The same amazement I felt then to be asked to assume such a great responsibility, I still feel today reflecting back on that moment. I was the youngest of the camp counselors and, in my own eyes, didn’t see myself as capable, or sufficient in my ability to lead people older than myself. I lacked the confidence in myself that others had in me to be offered the opportunity. No regrets, but an important life lesson learned.

In my post, Courage Fuels Faith to Act, I mention the dialogue Gideon had with God about God’s invitation to make use of Gideon to be a ‘change agent’ to encounter something greater, better, new, both for himself and his people (see Judges 6). Gideon didn’t see himself as sufficient, able, or capable in accomplishing what God saw in Gideon the ability to do. Although he could not see how he could do what God was inviting him to do, Gideon was open to and willing to engage God in the possibility of doing what would ultimately lead to Gideon, and his people, experiencing transformation, transition, and triumph.

During their great migration and magnificent journey out of Egypt into Canaan, even the Israelites, despite God’s intimate, imminent presence with them, felt they were diminished in their own eyes to be able to stand up, stand firm, and take possession of what God promised they would have. We went into the land to which you sent us, and it does flow with milk and honey! Here is its fruit. But the people who live there are powerful, and the cities are fortified and very large. We even saw descendants of Anak there.’ – Numbers 13:27-28 NIV They were able to go in and see that what God said He would do in bringing them to a better place, they did not believe they could go in and take possession of it. They lacked confidence in themselves, and indirectly confidence in God in His sufficiency to help them succeed. 

Walking by faith has taken me through a great season of transformation, transition, and triumph that leaves me in a similar context as Gideon and the Israelites as now one who aspires to launch a nonprofit and run a summer camp in the summer of 2017. My life has come full circle now, 30 some years since that summer I was invited to take my first role and position as a leader. The distinct difference between my younger self and now? I was not a Christian as a teenager as I profess to be today as an adult. Like the Israelites, I have taken a great journey over the years that has aroused within me a response similar to that of Caleb in response to those who were fearful of taking possession of Canaan mentioned in Numbers 13, ‘Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.’ – Numbers 13:30 NIV. In essence, Caleb was simply saying we are well able to do what God has promised us to take possession of. The same sentiment that inspired Peter to desire to walk on water.

Like Joshua, what is God challenging you to be strong and courageous about to do in your life as He did for Moses, Joshua, Gideon, and Peter’s, as He is doing in mine?

Father, grant us the courage to walk by faith, to take action, to take possession of the promises You proclaim in Your word so we can experience the fullness of life Christ came for us to have and inspire others to encounter the transformation, transition, and triumph through what You do in and through us.

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