Exodus 4:3-4

“Throw it down on the ground,” the Lord told him. So Moses threw down the staff, and it turned into a snake! Moses jumped back. Then the Lord told him, “Reach out and grab its tail.” So Moses reached out and grabbed it, and it turned back into a shepherd’s staff in his hand.

Moses was afraid at first of the staff. Uhm yeah, it was a snake! I do not enjoy snakes. If you do enjoy snakes, there is something wrong and you should get help immediately. Kidding. Kind of. Anyways, back to the point. He let fear get ahold of him, but not for long. Soon his FAITH triumphed his fear. A small gesture that was a stepping stone in solidifying Moses confidence in God.

Fear. A word that in itself scares some people. What do you think of when you think of fear? Do you think of heights? Public speaking? I think of failure. Failing is scary. Not succeeding sucks. It’s definitely up there on the fear spectrum and may even be a root of many fears. The fear of failing.

I had this fear when I was looking for a career. I had similar feelings to Moses. I felt unworthy. I felt like I was unsure about myself. I didn’t think I could fulfill what God wanted for me. But God… He picked me up, as He often does and carried me right to where He wanted me. He turned my fear into faith. My worries into triumphs. My hopelessness into hope.

God wants this for us all. He wants it for you! God is going to ask us to trust Him when it doesn’t feel safe. When we feel fear, God sees faith being tested. Uncomfortable situations strengthen us into who God wants us to become. Moses went through this a few times, so don’t be surprised if God tests your faith a few times. Look at it as a joy! God is molding you into the strongest version of you.

How is God testing my faith?

What triumphs have I had in my life?

Dear Lord, thank you for giving us strength to triumph over fear. To triumph over doubt. You are so good to us. Thank you ultimately for you Son Jesus who gave us the ultimate triumph. Amen.

Have a great week!

C. Lyman


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