In 2011 during our building project I experienced something familiar, yet strange on that particular day.
I experienced fear.
I was on the concrete slab, about six meters of the ground. I was eager to get to another section of the roof that was completed the prevous day and the only way to the other section was along a scaffolding plank resting both ends on concrete slabs.
I had to walk for about five meters to the other side on a plank with no support underneath.
I reached the plank.
I looked down.
I looked across.
Fear gripped me!
I felt like giving up.
I felt like going back.
I don’t know why I felt so afraid.
I stood there motionless for a few moments gripped with fear.
I finally mustered the courage to walk across.
Shortly after walking across the plank I realised that fear can have a crippling and debilitating effect.
You know what you need to do but you’re afraid.
You know where you need to go but you’re afraid.
You know what you need to change but you’re afraid.
You know what you need to straighten out but you’re afraid.
You know what you need to say but you’re afraid.
Perhaps the most empowering words any human being could hear during the times of crippling fear is found in Joshua 1. In it,
Three times God said, “…Have I not commanded 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.””
God repeated these words to Joshua three times.
God knows about the crippling affects of fear.
When Joshua heard these words he actioned himself immediately and achieved amazing results.
Even when you act with strength and courage you’ll discover that you CAN accomplish great things for God.
There are some things in your life that you are afraid to confront.
It’s eating you up.
Step out in strength and courage.
You honour God with willingness and God will honour you with his presence.
Have you felt like giving up lately?
Be strong and courageous.
Selvan Govender | Rev. Pastor
MA (in progress. Biblical Studies with a concentration in Education, Clarks Summit University – USA)
Associate Pastor – Caneside Fellowship Centre