Today's Devotional Thought
January 06, 2010 by Wendy Foreman
Chase That Lion
You were introduced to Benaiah in yesterday’s devotional. Today, I want to talk about fear and how it can keep you from doing the very thing that you are called to do.
Let’s consider the fact that Benaiah was chasing a lion. This is a pretty crazy thing to do. Not only was he chasing that lion, but it was a snowy day and he chased it right into a pit. That means that he had the lion cornered. I am thinking that a cornered lion is an angry lion and he could very well strike back. If he does do that, things are not looking like they would be in Benaiah’s favor.
If I had been walking by this scene I would have thought Benaiah was crazy. There had to be something inside him that drove him to chasing that lion.
Is there something inside you driving you to do something crazy for the Lord? We all have dreams and we also at times can feel in the very depths of our being what it is God is asking us to do. I believe we all reach a point in our lives where things become very clear to us and we see what it is the Lord is asking us to do. And sometimes, when we have that revelation in our lives we can become very scared and feel inadequate in the areas the Lord is calling us.
Let me share a quick story with you about an experience I had.
Three years ago, I accepted a position as a Kindergarten aide. I fell in love with those kids and really enjoyed nurturing them and assisting in teaching them. It was a Christian School so I was able to share with them the love of the Lord as well. Half way through my second year I was approached about teaching 2nd grade. I was shocked and excited at the same time. I had come to love being in the classroom and interacting with the children and teaching them. I accepted the position after much prayer. I started after Christmas break and I was terrified. And on the first day in the classroom, I thought I had made a terrible mistake. I remember praying and asking God everyday to give me the strength to do this job and to do it to the best of my ability.
In a teacher’s meeting one of the teachers came up to me and said “Wendy, God doesn’t always call the equipped, He equips the called, you just have to be willing to do what He has called you to do and He will do the rest.” That statement changed my whole outlook. I could have been afraid and told the Lord no, but I would have missed out on something so wonderful and fulfilling.
Sometimes God calls us to do things that we don’t feel we are the least bit qualified to do, but friends, He just asks us to be obedient to His call. And when we say yes, He does the rest. I have learned in life that one of the keys to our Christian walk is to just be obedient. Listen to the Lord and follow his leading. I know this isn’t always easy but it is what’s best.
Don’t let fear hold you back from what the Lord is calling you to do. Follow that dream, chase that lion. You will never regret it!!