Daily Dose, Aug. 28

Years ago, when God was calling me into pastoral ministry I was absolutely riddled with fear and He knew it. He knows everything, after all. All I could think of were the many reasons why that seemed impossible. Everywhere I turned, I encountered these words from Joshua “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. DO not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord you God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9) Those words resonated with me. Many of our friends in scripture were asked to take huge steps of faith; Joshua was called to do something that he didn’t think he could do. Joshua had been called to follow Moses and lead God’s people into the land of milk and honey. Joshua didn’t feel equipped to lead the people, much less follow Moses as their leader.
As I sensed God’s calling, I didn’t feel equipped and I certainly did not feel able to be a leader of His people. Fear for a time was a close companion. God’s words to Joshua rang in my mind and heart. “Feeling” ill equipped, not up for the task ahead, mustn’t stop me or you from going where He calls us to go or do what He is calling us to do because of the promise nestled in Joshua 1:9, “for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Fear not, not because we are ready and prepared for whatever this day brings. Fear not because our God is with us whatever this day brings. Fear not because He will teach us what we need to know, and he will equip us as we need. Fear not because you are never alone and with that as our TRUTH, we can step out in faith. We can do things we never imagined possible.
 
-- Rev. Terri Henkel