We all face challenges every day, big and small. Tests at school, sports matches, challenging situations with our friends, trying to juggle all our activities and everything on our to do lists – sometimes just getting out of bed on a cold, dark Monday morning is a challenge! So how can we keep smiling and live how God wants us when we feel overwhelmed by what lies ahead?
In the book of Joshua, we see a great example of God calling Joshua to take on a huge challenge. God asked Joshua to lead God’s people into the Promised Land – a task that was to involve crossing the river Jordan, the battle of Jericho, conquering the land, dividing it up among the tribes and settling the people there. It was a huge challenge!
When God called Joshua to take all this on, He reminded Joshua about who God is. In Joshua 1, God says:
“No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses [Joshua’s predecessor], so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. Be strong and courageous … Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
This promise is as true for us today as it was for Joshua back then. Whatever situation we end up in, nothing is beyond God’s control. Whatever struggles come our way, his perfect love can conquer every fear. No challenge is impossible for God. Nothing is too much for Him to handle. And He calls us to step out in faith each and every day of our lives.
No matter how old or young we are, we can step out in faith because we trust in a God who is all-powerful, all-loving, and always with us. Each day is an opportunity to use the gifts that He has given us to help those around us, to love our families and friends well, and give God our all.
When our friends ask us why we go to church, we can step out in faith and invite them to come with us one week to see what it’s like. When we see a girl at school being made fun of, we can leave the conversation and go and spend time with her. When our youth group leader asks us to serve at church in the band or by taking looking out for a younger girl, we can embrace the opportunity to use the gifts God has given us. When we’re not sure what subjects to pick, or what to do when we leave school, we can dream big in the security that God has great plans for our life.
When we step out 100% for Him, he wont abandon us: He is our greatest protector.
God promises that he will give us all that we need to do what he calls us to do. Let’s go!
Recommendation: Set Apart – Tim Hughes
Next time you have to do something that scares you or feels outside your comfort zone, pray about it, and ask God to give you courage, boldness and faith to step out. He promises He will show up!
Emma graduated from Cambridge 4 years ago, and now works in Finance. She said ‘I Do’ to the wonderful Luke last April and loves being part of Team Pendlebury! Emma’s other passions include leading music at Christ Church, doing Pilates & eating salted caramel ice cream! She is so loving seeing God use More Precious to grow his kingdom.