But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. He will be like a tree planted by the waves that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.
When God told Noah to make an ark, “Noah did everything just as God commanded him.” (Genesis 6:22) He gave up his time to work day and night on what seemed like an impossible task. He gave up the life he led to trust God that there was something better in store. He embraced the possibility of a flood that would destroy mankind and endured the ridicule of such an idea all the while staying humble that God had chosen him to complete the task.
When God told Moses to go to the Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt, Moses left the life he had built for himself and his family to persevere against a stubborn king. Only to end up stuck in a desert with a multitude of ungrateful people, locked out of the land promised to them by God and never getting the chance to step into it before his final breath.
Each of these men were faced with obstacles and ridicule, but their source of confidence remained solely in God who sent them. They were bold. Like each of these men, we have a job to do. We have all been called by God. Are we bold enough to complete the task? How much are we willing to give up?
Have you ever felt God calling you to do something that seemed absolutely crazy, failed to let it get beyond the barrier between thought and action and went to sleep wondering what would have happened if you had actually done it? We all have our broken record excuses that we tell ourselves.
“I’m just a really shy person.”
“Someone else is called to do that, not me.”
“But thats just ridiculous, I’m not comfortable with that.”
“I don’t see how this could have any effect.”
“Well, I’m human, I’m not perfect.”
Imagine if Noah and Moses had used these excuses. At the time, they didn’t see the full story as we do. They didn’t see the effect that their decision to follow God would have and yet they followed God anyway. They didn’t care what people thought of their actions and they didn’t care whether their actions “made sense” to others.
We will not be held accountable for the good things we’ve done, but for the things God has asked us to do. (Francis Chan) Regardless of whether or not it is possible for us to be “perfect,” we must still give an account for everything God has asked us to do and we didn’t. No matter how silly the act seems to us, no amount of excuses covers the fact that we didn’t get the job done. We need to live as if leading that perfect godly life is an attainable goal so that when we fall short we will recognize the severity of the alternative to God’s forgiveness.
Being bold is about more than just stepping outside of your comfort zone, it’s about recognizing that God has commanded us to follow him no matter what the cost and to refuse is sin. Being bold is a command, it is not only for the christians that have an outgoing personality, it is a command for everyone. It is daily drawing confidence from God and not from man to accomplish God’s will. It is our life goal.
Anytime you feel God prompting you to do something today, do it immediately no matter how silly. If you feel God calling you to speak to someone, pray for someone, start a small group, pull over to the side of the road, get out of your car, throw your hands in the air and pray, do it. Don’t ever go to sleep wondering what would have happened. It may be nothing, you may never see the fruits of your act, but you can rest easy knowing that you have obeyed God.