I remember when Daniel was a little boy. I gave him $5.00 to run up to the concession stand at the ballgame and get himself a hot dog and coke. It was a really tight score and I didn’t want to miss a play! His older brother, David, was sitting on the other side of me; and Daniel, holding the money in his hand, hesitated. At the age of 6, he was uncertain about going up the bleachers alone. I tapped David on the leg and instructed him to go with Daniel.
“Daniel, it’ll be ok. David will go too. Don’t be afraid. It’s ok,” I assured him.
In Judges 7:10, God is instructing Gideon in similar fashion. He has asked Gideon to go into the camp for him but Gideon is afraid. God tells him, “But if you are afraid to go down, go with Purah your servant down to the camp.”
Sometimes, God asks us to do something; maybe move to a new city; change careers; have another child; go on a mission trip; start school; and we know we hear God but we’re afraid to do it. Being afraid is OK; in fact, God understands that we are apprehensive. If we were all confident and strong-headed, we couldn’t rely on Him, now could we?
The key is, when we are afraid to do it, we need to do it anyway. I guess you could say, we need to just do it afraid; because we know who is guiding us. Isaiah 41:10, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
Knowing who is fighting for you is just as important as what you are fighting about. When faced with an overpowering armed force, Elisha’s servant called out in fear, 2 Kings 6:17, “And Elisha prayed, ‘Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.’ Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.”
Whether He is asking you to deliver a message for Him or fight a battle, God will not only provide all that you need, He will go before you, beside you, and behind you. He’ll give you the words you need to speak; He’ll give you the courage and boldness; and He’ll give you the tools to do it. What you have to do, is do it. Even if you are afraid…