One of the biggest emotions in a human is fear. It grabs our inner beings and changes our God-given directions. It shakes our souls and mends our hearts. It makes us rethink our whole lives. It leads us on a path of comfort instead of God’s will.
Now don’t get me wrong, we need to fear the Lord, but this isn’t the same type of fear I’m talking about. We need to fear the Lord with respect; knowing that He’s all powerful. But the fear I’m worried about is the one that Jonah faced. We all know this story. God calls Jonah into Nineveh, but he runs away in fear. He’s terrified and uncomfortable with the unknown.
This has happened to me in my own life. All throughout High School I knew God was calling me to Grace Bible College. The only problem…it was more that 2500 miles away. I am from Southern Oregon, and West Michigan sounded like Africa to me. My senior year finally arrived, and I did whatever I could to push the college away. I dated girls who wanted me to stay, I sought out jobs that I couldn’t do out of state, and I avoided the college center lady as much as possible.
Finally one day I was out running my usual 5 mile run when a sketchy looking homeless dude walked up to me. I didn’t want to stop, but the little voice in my head kept telling me to talk to this man, so I stopped and listened to him. He asked where I was going to college, and I said no where. Then he went on a long spiel about how his life was ruined all because he didn’t go to college. He had a long series of events that led up to him being homeless.
After saying goodbye and thanking this dude, I started running down the road and I decided to look back. To my surprise, he wasn’t there. I went running around to try and find him, but he was just gone…like seriously no joke, I’m not kidding around, this guy was just like vanished.
I don’t want to assume that this man was some kind of angelic being used to shift my focus onto God’s will. If that man was an angel, then angels must be pretty smelly…but it’s always a possibility!
But now I attend GBC, (the greatest college in the world if I might add) and I know this was God’s plan for me all along.
I want to encourage you guys to stop worrying. Stop getting wound up about little things. I’ve met a lot of people in my life who have built up anxiety over something as little as, “what college should I attend?” “does God want me at this job?” or “should I be dating this person?”
We get so worked up and afraid of our decisions that we create unneeded depressions. God’s has got your back, and He always will! Don’t be scared of the outcome, because God can use you in any way, shape, or form for His glory.
He gave us lives to choose what we want, and He’ll use us in whatever way He wants. Just do everything for His reputation and not your own.
But my main point of this blog is about not having fear for God’s calling. I don’t believe God punishes people for not doing His will, but I do believe that your life won’t be as happy and exciting if you stick to your own plan.
If you hear a little voice in your head and it’s nudging you towards something that makes you uncomfortable, don’t just blow it off. Even if it’s pushing you to do something as small as talking to some random homeless dude that stops your run. We all agree that God works in mysterious ways. He may want you to leave someone, take a job somewhere else, or pack your bags and move to a foreign land. Don’t be afraid. God isn’t going to move you into the unknown just to leave you.
Luke 1:37 says, “For with God, nothing is impossible.”
Follow God’s will, not your own. Follow God’s path, not your own. Follow God, not yourself.
If you think it’s impossible to follow God, it’s not.
And in the end, it’ll be worth it. Trust me. Jesus loves you dudes! He always has, always does, and always will. He’ll never leave you nor forsake you. Just lean on Him through your tough times and He’ll get you through it.
Even if you can’t see Jesus, He sees you, and He still loves you, and He’s never leaving you.
Love you dudes, but more importantly, God loves you dudes. If you wanna connect follow our twitter @NotoftheNorm or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Always looking for new dudes to talk about Jesus with!