All the Israelites grumbled against Moses and Aaron, and the whole assembly said to them, “If only we had died in Egypt! Or in this wilderness!” (Numbers 14:2 NLT)
I wonder how often fear and lack of faith keep us from laying claim to God’s blessings? God had prepared a beautiful land for the Israelites. He had freed them from slavery and led them to the border of the land, meeting every one of their needs along the way. Now, all they had to do was march into the place God had prepared and promised them. Yet their response was fear, grumbling and disobedience.
At times in my life I’ve had a similar reaction. Even though I sense God prompting me to take a step forward, fear holds me back and enslaves me. In such instances I have to take a leap and ‘do it afraid’. Only then can I reap the spiritual growth, joy and purpose that God has prepared for me. A few years ago I had an opportunity to go to a Christian Publishing Conference in Nairobi and meet one-on-one with a publisher. It was terrifying. I stumbled through my book presentation feeling like a fool. Yet God honoured my small step of faith and obedience and ultimately opened the door for my book to be published.
Don’t be afraid to go where God leads, no matter how great the obstacles appear. God is powerful to defeat each one of them. He will take us to the place He has prepared and promised.
Prayer: Dear God, please help me to keep my eyes on you and not on the obstacles which cause me to fear.
Joan Campbell is the author of the Poison Tree Path Chronicles through Enclave Publishing. She lives in Johannesburg, South Africa, with her husband, two daughters, and their Labrador, Tabeal, named after one of the characters in the first of her series Chains of Gwyndorr.