Moses answered, “What if they do not believe me or listen to me and say, ‘The Lord did not appear to you’?” (Exodus 4:1)
I have come to the conclusion that God does not reveal the paths that lie ahead of us for the simple reason that we’re not fully capable of welcoming them with open arms. The rational part of my brain likes to examine everything in minutiae, and such examination cannot be a part of the life of faith.
When I was in elementary school, I had people tell me that I was going to become a pastor some day. I thought they were crazy, and I really wasn’t interested in their prophetic visions for my life. That was until my high school years when God impressed on my heart that I should work with teenagers. Then in college, He developed in me a love for the Church. I never would have signed up for moving to Brazil as a missionary or even returning back to the United States. In each of those circumstances, though, God worked in my heart and brought me to the place where He wanted me to be.
I think Moses was experiencing some of the shock that I experienced when God revealed each part of His plan to me – it freak him out a little. This led him to be somewhat standoffish in following through. The great thing, however, is that God never asks us to do something without equipping us for the task. Just as God equipped Moses to lead the people out of Egypt, so has He equipped each one of us for everything that He has called us to do.
When God reveals His plan to you, don’t be slow in following through. Even if you feel you don’t have the strength, be encouraged to know that God will provide it for you.
Father, help me to be quick to follow the directions You give me in life. Keep me from being fearful of where the path might take me, but let me, instead, find joy in knowing that I am on a path given to me by my loving, heavenly Father. Remind me as I go that I don’t walk the path alone but that Your presence is guiding me each step of the way.