“Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)
As the call to leadership quickly approaches for the new Bible study school year, I realize how much MORE I need God. Amidst the doubts, feeling unworthy, overwhelmed, and often slightly discouraged, I’m currently doing a death grip on God’s hand even more.
It’s surprising how a new and high call from God can make you see how truly lowly you are.
You start to become more aware of your weaknesses and sins; the apparent and the subtle. You learn to humble yourself, even more, knowing that the power that you think you have is no match for what’s to come.
Becoming a BSF (Bible Study Fellowship) leader is a HUGE deal to me. It’s not something that I take lightly. I understand this is a blessed privilege to shepherd, lead, and become more like Jesus on a deeper level.
However, I also know that the bigger the calling, the bigger the sacrifice. Yes, there will be elevation, but there will also be reparation.
When God makes the invitation to follow Him by taking denying ourselves, taking up our cross, and dying daily (Matt. 16:24), He meant precisely just that.
Anything that God calls us to for His service and others means killing off self, selfish ambitions, interests, and convenience while showing your life and light to others. It is the true essence of Jesus’ example of servant leadership and powerful ministry.
Of course, it’s still a lot easier though deadly to live for self because dying to live is harder.
But I take solace and hold on tightly to the truth and guarantee that no matter how weak, unqualified, and scared I may feel in any higher calling, God, assures me that He will be with me.
He will uphold me with His righteous right hand.
God promises to be with us during the triumphant and the trying days. Even on the days we’re feeling fearful or feeling fierce. He’ll give us strength on the days we feel like winners and when we’re feeling weak.
To experience and trust in this assurance, we need to hold on tightly firmly to God’s right and most importantly, not let go no matter what.
When we’re in the thick of difficult circumstances and feeling alone in our higher calling, we’re never truly alone. Take a look at Moses. He went through some serious stuff as a leader and even felt alone. But, he wasn’t truly alone. God got him through and was able to serve and experience God’s glory while trusting.
You may not find yourself in a leadership position yet. You may be gearing up and braving the uncertainty of a new adventure of a new job position, a new life in a new city, a new marriage, or a new season of life altogether.
Fear not. Be not dismayed. God is here to help, strengthen, and uphold us as He extends His righteous right hand to us. JUST HOLD ON!