When God calls us to service, we embark on a journey of true trust and faith. Every step of our walk with Christ takes constant prayer and the courage to rely on spiritual sight, letting go of our dependence on physical vision. Though we know that God has a plan for us and a reason for why He has pushed us to carry out certain tasks, we can begin to overthink our future and allow anxiety and worry to drown out the natural enthusiasm that God placed in our hearts when He stirred our hearts to take action in His service. As we begin to harbor doubts of how exactly His plan is going to work out and think of all the possible ways it could go wrong, we toe the line of having the audacity to question whether the Lord has really thought this plan through or if He has taken the time to work out all the details before asking us to serve Him in this task. Here we must check ourselves and think about how ridiculous these doubts are. What our Father asks of us is not only perfect, but is always in our best interest. He loves us so deeply that every task, no matter how seemingly small, is delicately designed to benefit us, and He takes joy and delight in our child-like trust as we obey Him when He asks us to take baby steps in faith. Even though we may not know what is around the next corner of His plan for serving Him, we do know that whatever is waiting for us will be much better than what we left behind. When we feel fearful or intimidated by the plan the Lord has laid out before us, we can take comfort and strength in knowing that our Father never wants evil to befall us, and whatever He is asking us to do, no matter how impossible or daunting it may seem, we will be able to accomplish it if we take the Lord’s hand and allow Him to help us. As we tentatively take a step forward, we are flooded with skeptical questions fueled by misgivings and panic, asking ourselves how we could go against all our better worldly judgement. In these times of doubt, we must squeeze our Father’s hand in prayer, reminding ourselves that He is still there and will not abandon us or leave our side for any reason, and in prayer we must ask Him to bolster us with the courage we need. If we focus on the work He has given us, placing our trust in His reasons and His love, we will find that He not only provides us with the grace to carry out His work, but also sustains us by meeting our physical needs all the while. If we trust Him with tomorrow, releasing our grasp on controlling and planning for the future, but instead keeping our eyes on Him as we serve His purposes, we can have joy and peace today.
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6
“Then David said to Solomon his son, ‘Be strong and courageous and do it. Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed, for the Lord God, even my God, is with you. He will not leave you or forsake you, until all the work for the service of the house of the Lord is finished.” 1 Chronicles 28:20
“Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:31-33
“For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, ‘Fear not, I am the one who helps you.’” Isaiah 41:13