Emerge Devotion No. 12
However, the boy was reluctant to venture up the wall. He froze and was stuck less than 1 meter from the ground. Refusing to move, he said, “I’m afraid I might fall.”
“Darling, I’m here. The instructor is here as well. We won’t let you fall,” I reassured him.
“No, I’m afraid!”
“Trust me, AJ, I love you and I’d never let you get hurt.”
As I pleaded with him to trust me, I thought of how that scene reflects similar situations in which we fail to trust God when He calls us to leave our comfort zones and venture out with Him in faith.
Looking back on that incident, I am reminded of the different heroes of faith in the Bible who were probably afraid to respond to God’s call to action. One of them was Moses.
Everything God asked Moses to do was a challenge for him to step out and face his fears. I’m sure he second-guessed what he was doing and whether or not he truly heard from God. I’m sure at times he questioned his purpose and his direction. At some point, Moses had to make a decision to follow God no matter how he felt. He had to make a commitment from within. He had to obey God despite his apprehensions. He had to keep pushing forward until his fears subsided and no longer overtook him.
Probably some of us have found ourselves in similar situations where we’ve been afraid and become stuck—because that’s what fear does to us. Fear limits, bounds, confines and has the ability to derail our lives. It is the devil’s plot to stop us from living out our maximum potential and a fulfilled life that God has designed for us.
God gives us this assurance in Jeremiah 29:11, “I know the plans I have for you. They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”
Let’s have confident assurance in any circumstance, one in which we fear nothing in the present or the future, because we are eternally secure in God’s love and plan!
So, back to AJ … The little boy plucked up his courage and on his second visit to the Rock Climbing school, and he made it right up to the top in 10 minutes!
“When you move beyond your fear, you feel free.” – Spencer Johnson, Who Moved My Cheese.