Why You Might Be an Unlikely Hero was originally posted on LiesYoungWomenBelieve.com

When I was asked if I would contribute to this blog, my first thought was, What in the world could I say that hasn’t already been said much better than I ever could? Then I realized this was a good challenge for me, a way to share what God has been teaching me.

Maybe you’ve had similar thoughts when asked to do something you didn’t feel ready for or capable of doing. Being out of our comfort zone is a scary place to be, but it is often exactly where God wants us. Let me show you what I mean.

An Unlikely Hero

A fugitive wanted for murder was hiding out with some sheep on a mountaintop when God appeared on the scene and told him to return to his childhood home and deliver his people out of slavery. Moses didn’t exactly jump at the chance to confront Pharaoh and lead a million cranky Israelites out of Egypt into the desert. He made all sorts of excuses about his lack of courage and eloquence, and finally flat-out said, “Please send someone else.” (You can read the whole story in the first twelve chapters of Exodus.)

God is greater than our fears, and stronger than our weaknesses.

But God did not say, “You’re right; I don’t think you’re cut out for this job. I need a strong leader who’s not afraid to talk Pharaoh into letting his slaves go scot-free. Someone with a clean record and loads of experience. Clearly you are not the one.”

No, God knew what He was doing when He chose as His spokesman this runaway shepherd in the wilderness. It wasn’t a mistake or a poor decision.

It’s not like picking teams on the playground where you cross your fingers and hope you end up with the best player. This is the Omniscient God we’re talking about! (“Omniscient” is just a big word which means having unlimited knowledge—a title only God is qualified to have.)

God knew Moses wasn’t perfect and that he was prone to fear. He knew Pharaoh would put up a fight and refuse to listen. But God enabled Moses to accomplish this huge task, in spite of his human weaknesses, because God is greater than our fears, and stronger than our weaknesses.

Change the Way You Pray About Weakness

Moses wasn’t the only one in the Bible to question God’s plan. The apostle Paul wrote to the church in Corinth about his feelings of inadequacy. He begged the Lord to remove his weakness, his “thorn in the flesh.” But God did not take it away. Instead, He asked Paul to use this weakness to trust Him; to sacrifice health or wealth or comfort zones so that the power of Christ might be on display.

“Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities.
For when I am weak, then I am strong.

(2 Cor. 12:8–10)

What is God asking of you that you are scared to trust Him with?

  • Have you been challenged by a parent, teacher, or friend to do something that would take you out of your comfort zone?
  • When you’re in a hard place, do you look for strength from within, or from the God of grace?
  • Are you willing to “boast” (think give thanks) in your weakness so that Christ may be magnified?

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