Faith Over Fear?


“Thanks for coming for the interview yesterday. We’d like to offer you the job.”

As I stood with the phone to my ear, letting the words sink in, all I could think was that there must be some mistake. Surely they weren’t seriously offering me the job!

Doubts and insecurities flooded my mind. As much as I wanted this job – as a schools worker with a Christian charity – I didn’t feel capable. I was too inexperienced, too lacking in confidence, definitely not good enough to even consider this. Although I wanted the job, the chances of being selected had seemed so small that I’d really only gone to the interview for the experience.

And I’d been dealing with some difficult things lately. There was no way I felt strong enough to take this on right now. All too conscious of my weakness, I was sure they could have found someone better.

I imagine Gideon’s feelings may have been similar when the angel of the Lord appeared to him. Cowering at the bottom of a winepress, threshing wheat, hiding from the Midianites who had destroyed the Israelites’ crops and reduced them to starvation, he wasn’t exactly a picture of strength.

When the words, “valiant warrior” are uttered, I picture him looking round in bewilderment to see who the angel is addressing, not thinking for a moment that the greeting is intended for him.

I’d love it if you’d join me at Gracefully Truthful as we explore Gideon’s story some more and consider how we, too, can choose faith over fear.

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12 thoughts on “Faith Over Fear?

  1. I just read your entire post which is wonderful! I have been thinking quite a bit over the last few days about faith and fear. In my devotional book, written by Max Lucado, he makes the statement that “Great acts of faith are seldom born out of calm calculation … At the beginning of every act of faith, there is often a seed of fear.” When we plant that seed of fear in the soil of His Word, it gives way to acts of faith. May we trust His Word always. Blessings!

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  2. I went over and read the whole thing. It’s a timely read for me. I’m very familiar with that sense of inadequacy. What a comfort to know that when God calls me to something – no matter how big – He goes before me, equips me, and is with me to fulfill His plan and purpose!

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  3. Isn’t it great that God uses those who don’t feel capable? Because, when we don’t feel capable, that’s when we are more likely to tap into the infinite capabilities of God! Heading over to Gracefully Truthful to read the rest!

    Tweeted & pinned.

    Thanks for linking up at InstaEncouragements!

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  4. Thank you for this encouragement today, Lesley. Gideon is a great example of following God instead of following fear. I love the picture of him looking around in bewilderment to see who the angel was calling “valiant warrior.” We easily feel that way, too, don’t we? That feeling of inadequacy holds us back so much. I’m so glad God gave you the grace to answer His call! Love and blessings to you!

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    1. Thanks, Trudy! I think most of us are familiar with that feeling of inadequacy. It is amazing to know that God can still use us and that he gives us his strength for all that he is calling us to. Love and blessings to you too!

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  5. Hey Lesley, just read the post. What a great reminder that choosing faith comes with great rewards. Our God is so faithful, giving us grace to gently take bold steps. I’m reminded that the scriptures say: Perfect love casts out fear. Be blessed!

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