“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9 NIV)
“What do you think my gift is,” asked Jonah during a recent car ride. I just don’t know honey. You see, he hears me talk about his brother’s giftedness and his sister’s athletic ability. He wants to know what he’s good for. I told him it might be music or something else the Lord will reveal to him later.
I think the question Jonah was asking is the same question most of us ask at one time or another. What’s my purpose here? Can God use me for anything important? We all want to make a difference. Sometimes we look at great men and women of God and want to be like them. We want to accomplish something big for the kingdom of God. But I wonder if the point of our lives is to just walk with God day by day following His lead.
God was calling Joshua to lead the Nation of Israel into the Promised Land. He had never done this. He was relatively young. The instructions he received were to follow God’s commands, be strong and don’t be afraid. Life can be frightening, especially when you don’t know what you’re doing. Those steps of faith can be the scariest. But God called Joshua to step up and take the lead. And he did.
I don’t know that Joshua’s gift was revealed to him before he led. He just went about doing what he knew to do. He waited for commands and went forward. I think that’s what God wants from us. Each act of obedience is a step forward in our training. God is teaching us as we go. We may not know what our gift is, but as He works in our lives and moves us forward, the answer becomes clearer. We can see our gift being developed. Nothing is instantaneous. Everything is a process.
Today, if you’re wondering if God can use you for anything worthwhile; absolutely. He has a plan and a purpose for each and every one of His children. You may not know what that is but be sure He will lead you wherever you go one step at a time.