After sitting on the sidelines for the entire freshman volleyball season, the coach said my friend and I could play in the last game. Instead we chose to attend our first freshman football game.
Some days it feels like I’m still choosing to stay on the sidelines when the coach says it’s time to get in the game.
By that last game no one was concerned with making it to the state championship or where our school ranked. And even though Sarah and I never missed a practice or even an away game, we were still the worst players on the team. This didn’t stop us from cheering on our friends from the bench, but it did prevent the coach from putting us in the game.
The boys had won all their football games, and this was our last chance to see them play since their games were scheduled at the same times as ours. So when the coach said we could play in the last volleyball game of the season, we chose to watch the boys’ final football game of the season, which they won.
Now, I know why I chose to watch the football game … cute boys! But what keeps me from getting in the game today?
FEAR. Fear of the unknown. Fear of failure. Fear of making mistakes.
Joshua understood fear. God called Joshua to succeed Moses and lead the children of Israel into the Promised Land. “Then Moses summoned Joshua and said to him in the presence of all Israel, ‘Be strong and courageous, for you must go with this people into the land that the Lord swore to their ancestors to give them’ (Deuteronomy 31:7a NIV).
Joshua faced fear of the unknown. The Promised Land was new territory.
Joshua faced fear of failure. Moses left some pretty big sandals to fill.
Joshua faced fear of making mistakes. In fact, Joshua did make mistakes. He made a treaty of peace with a people who he was supposed to eliminate because he trusted their word rather than inquiring of the Lord what to do (see Joshua 9).
Fear causes us to stay the same.
Faith calls us to get in the game.
Moses continued, “‘The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.'” (Deuteronomy 31:8 NIV).
One way I use to get a verse from my head to my heart is to personalize it. The Lord Himself goes before Crystal and will be with Crystal; the Lord will never leave Crystal or forsake her. Crystal need not be afraid or discouraged.
I gotta go. It’s time to get in the game. How about you? Are you ready to get in the game?
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Rest in His presence.