You've been called by God, the task seems daunting, way bigger than you, the resources are few and the costs are plenty. A scenario that's all too familiar for many of us. So what do we do when we've been called to fulfil something by God but feel inadequate to complete?
Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.
Simply put but perhaps more difficult to apply, because as humans we tend to want things to make sense, to align with logical thinking and in more recent times be achieved/obtained quickly. However, scripture also lets us know that His ways are above our ways (Isaiah 55:8-9) so it was never in His plans for life with all its twists and turns to make sense. Make note also that God generally doesn't call us to something we have confidence, the know-how and expertise in, otherwise what would we need to lean on or trust Him for?
From that point, some may go on to think 'why would I trust a plan or a God that doesn't show us the blueprint?' My question is, why do we trust the pilot of an aeroplane to get us to our destination? We don't see the route, we only see the view from the window and blindly trust that we will arrive at point b, safely too. What less the God who created the heavens and the earth and the beautiful view from the aeroplane window that we look at in awe? The same blind faith we give to mere humans we should readily give to God who created us - trusting that if He has indeed called us He will equip us.
Including God in the affairs of our lives from inception and not after the fact will ensure there are a lot less if any at all mistakes. Specifically, when it comes to what He has called us to do, it's wise to ask the Instructor (God) for further instructions - in that way, He can guide our paths.
As the editor for GRACE Magazine I can testify to Proverbs 3:5-6 because when led to start it made no sense. I have no qualifications or expertise on how to start a magazine, (I speak more on this in Issue 1) yet putting my trust in God, not leaning on my own understanding and asking for direction throughout the process have gone on to build the magazine and thankfully on the second issue. To date, it is still a challenge to continue walking in faith because trials and tough times surely come to test what God has purposed for us to do. But be encouraged that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it. (Philippians 1:6) For His name sake (not for the sake of giving us popularity and recognition) He will come through in every area that you require support in to fulfil whatever it is you're being led to do.
So don't be worried about finance, helpers, confidence, skill or try to run from God. Embrace it, let it stretch your faith and in due time cause you to praise God and inspire others to step into their calling too!
Words by Dara Olagbami