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Our church has been teaching on the book of Jonah the past couple of weeks.
I find myself so intrigued by Jonah's life.
God called Jonah to preach to the people of Ninevah.
He refused, and he ran.
He hopped on a boat to escape the call of God.
God sent a wild storm to get his attention. It did.
The crew threw Jonah off the boat because they were scared to death of "his God".
You know the story, he ends up in the belly of a fish, and the rest is history.
But, here is what strikes me the most...
He fled the call.
He chickened out.
He disputed the call that the Lord gave him.
Haven't we all been there?
God asks us to do something....
And we don't.
We make up excuses.
We tell God we aren't smart enough, or holy enough, or cute enough, or wise enough....
And we decline.
My daughter and I had a long talk about this recently.
I asked her about a time when God asked her to do something that was out of her comfort zone.
She told me of several times...
Yet, she said she decided to do it anyway.
She stepped up and trusted God.
I envied her child like faith.
I remembered back to my own youth and wondered if I had that same child like faith at her age....
Why is it so hard as adults to trust God's call for us?
Why do we question Him, and run from Him?
Why do we try to talk Him out of it?
Or, maybe you are like me and tell God someone else is much better suited for that job than you are.
Often through the years, I have prayed for God to open doors to use my gifts and talents for Him.
And just as often, when the door opened, I bailed.
I chickened out.
My insecurities aka PRIDE, talked me right out of it.
"What if I fail?"
"What if I stumble?"
Those thoughts plagued me and they often would prevail.
God had given us individual gifts to use to further His Kingdom.
Are we answering His call to use them?
Is our fear bigger than our faith in the One Who Created us?
Friends, let's learn from our friend Jonah!
What would happen if we trusted God and put our last penny on believing Him?
What if we gladly accepted the call and trusted the Lord to give us what we needed?
His power is made perfect in our weakness. 2 Corinthians 12:9
Say yes today.
When the door opens, murky as it may be...
Say yes to God.
Say yes to walking through that door.
You are the perfect fit. The chosen one for that particular calling. Designed by the Master Creator.
What an honor.
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