By Amanda Lynch
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If you ask me to do something, I will carefully weigh the outcomes. For example, if you asked me to babysit your two year old, I'd do it, confident that it was within my abilities. However, if you asked me to play piano at a concert, I would KNOW that this is something I can't do. But then there are things that are in between. There are things that I can imagine being able to do, but lack confidence. For these things, it is hard to submit to God's plan.
I feel better when I realize that I am in good company. If we read more in Exodus 3&4, we find that Moses questions God five times before he listens and goes to lead his people from Egypt. Now, he may have been afraid of many things, but his questions to God all reflected a fear of being inadequate. Simply, he doesn't believe he can do what he is being called to do. BUT, he did it. Moses followed God's commands, led his people out of Egypt, served as a physical, spiritual and moral guide for them and eventually led them almost into the promised land. He did what God said he could do and more, despite his doubts.
I think one of the greatest roadblocks to submission is insecurity. Ironically, it is one that shouldn't even be considered, for if God has led me to a situation, I can't fail, right? Or, if it works out differently than I intended, it must have worked out exactly how God intended it. See, when I submit to God, all the pressure of success or failure falls off my shoulders and into his strong arms.
What would you do for God if you knew it would work out as he had planned? What would you try? Who would you approach? What would you give? If you knew the results were in God's hands, would you have the confidence to risk it all?
Let's choose one area of our lives and agree to say yes to God, relieving ourselves of the pressure to succeed. Let's watch as he guides us to success on his terms. Choose one area to day to agree that God is in charge. Then pray that he'll lead you to success on his terms.
Thank you for taking charge of our lives. Thank you for caring enough to take responsibility for our successes and failures. Hold us in your arms as we give up a part of our lives to you today. Direct our steps in this area Lord, so that, trusting in you, we can make a difference.
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