“And the LORD said unto Moses, Put forth thine hand, and take it by the tail. And he put forth his hand, and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand:”
One of the maneuvers you have to master when learning how to fly planes is a turning stall. I had done this maneuver many times with my instructor, but one day I was practicing them while I was flying alone. As I was turning, the plane stalled, and I overcorrected which resulted in the plane going into a spin. The training that I had helped me to recover, but that didn’t change the nervous feeling I had afterwards. I knew that if I didn’t do this maneuver again and face the nervous fear I had that I would never fly as pilot-in-command again. It was facing that fear that allowed me to overcome the fear of the maneuver.
In Moses’ dialogue with God about him leading the children of Israel out of Egypt, he expressed his fear to God that the people would not follow him. In order for God to get Moses to overcome this fear, He had to make Moses face another fear. God told Moses to throw the rod in his hand onto the ground, which Moses did. When the rod hit the ground it became a snake, and Moses fled from the snake. Why did he flee from the snake? Because he was afraid of it. Yet, God made him face his fear by saying, “Put forth thine hand, and take it by the tail.” It was Moses facing his fear head on that allowed him to overcome his fear of leading Israel, which allowed God to use Moses to his fullest potential.
What is the fear that you are facing that keeps God from using you to your fullest potential? In order for God to use you to your fullest potential, you must be willing to face your fears. Let me point out a couple of thoughts about your fears so that you don’t let them hinder God from using you.
First, most of your fears are unfounded. Most of the things that we are afraid will happen if we serve the LORD will never happen. Fear causes people to live in a “what if” world. My friend, the “what if” world is a make-believe world that has never happened and probably won’t happen. As long as you let the “what if’s” of life to feed your fears, you will miss the faith opportunities that God has for you. I often tell people that most of the “what if’s” that we worry about never happen, it is only Satan’s way of getting you not to serve the LORD.
Second, fear is the water that squelches the fire of faith. The only thing that is keeping God from using your faith to do great miracles in your life are the fears that you let inhibit you from following what God wants you to do. According to 2 Timothy 1:7, God has not given you a spirit of fear, which means that if you are acting in fear, you are acting on a spirit that didn’t come from God. If you want God to use you, you must not let your fears stop you from acting in faith for God.
Third, if God is going to use you mightily, you are going to have to face your fears and act in faith that God will help you. You are going to find that your fear is baseless if you face your fears of whatever it is that you think will happen if you serve the LORD. You are missing out on the greatest blessings of the Christian life when you allow fear to keep you from doing what the LORD asks you to do. My friend, I don’t know what your fear is, but whatever it is, it is the only thing that is keeping God from using you. Always remember that the bigger the fear seems, the bigger the opportunity that God has for you to do. Don’t let fear cause you to miss that opportunity.