“A man’s heart plans his way,
But the Lord directs his steps.”/ Proverbs 16:9
Heard this verse in the sermon this morning and the Lord shed so much light to so much of my life through this powerful truth. I pray that God can use this message to reach you and move you closer to Him. I write about “being stuck” a lot because it’s something that can so easily happen to us in our lives. It happens to me all the time to be completely honest but who wants to be stuck? Not me! Then how come so often we find ourselves stuck, stuck in our problems, stuck in our addictions, sins, at the end of the day just stuck in ourselves? It can happen to any of us and the scary part is sometimes we become so stuck that we are completely blinded to how stuck we really are, the effects we have on people around us, and even though we tell ourselves little comfortable lies to justify and rationalize our current standing in life and it’s problems. We can fool ourselves all day long but we’re still right where we started, stuck.
The preacher this past Sunday morning mentioned the fear of failure and how it can effect us. The biggest effect this fear of failing causes is in our faith. So now we’re stuck, stuck in our itty bitty faith. I find myself sometimes so scared to do something at the thought that I might fail that I decide not to do it. Or I tell myself, “well I’ll just do it later.” The biggest thing I struggle with in this procrastination to move in my faith is planning. I’ll build this perfect, huge, really awesome plan, I’ll spend a ton of time on it (procrastinating), and when it’s time to execute the plan, I make excuses like, “it’s not perfect enough, it needs to be just right before I test it out.” We can plan, hype it up like we’re doing something really awesome but you have to ask yourself, am I really moving anywhere?
One of the biggest excuses I make for sitting still in the areas of my life that it’s obvious God wants to change, He wants me to move forward past them, He wants me to trust in His guidance and strength to conquer the areas of my life that is holding me back from being better and living a life that gives Him all the glory! Sometimes I say, “well what if God doesn’t want me to go that way or do this thing?” Don’t get me wrong, we are supposed to seek God’s guidance and discernment in every situation but we aren’t supposed to use God’s will as a crutch to our lack of faith. The freedom that God gives us as believers comes in knowing that even if we go the wrong way, if we make the wrong decision and fail, God is always there. The powerful creator of everything has His hand in every part of our lives and He is in full control all the time. God doesn’t tell us to sit back waiting on the Heaven’s to open up with a deep voice coming down saying, “Jordan, my son, go this way, do this.” God says to move in your hearts, seek His will and guidance the whole way through but just move. Fear of failing and not being good enough can have a crippling effect on our lives. The good thing is when we do fail, when we do go a way we’re not supposed to go God is like bumper cars. You’re driving one direction chasing after another car to bump and a car comes out of nowhere bumping you, so you were going straight ahead now your knocked facing another direction. God has a way of working through our mistakes and struggles showing up outta nowhere like a bumper car. We think we’re going the right direction and BOOM! God redirects you sending you east instead of west.
What excuses do we have to stay still and stuck in our lives when God says just move in the plans and passions your heart takes you and if it’s not where He wants us He will redirect us to the right direction. That truth gave so much freedom to me and the parts of my life I’m stuck in. I’m scared I may fail, more importantly fail God but we see God the biggest when we take those steps of faith out of our struggle into the unknown, those are the moments where we learn to lean on God, we learn to depend on Him and the faithful provision He provides in our lives. God didn’t give us this life to spend it sitting stuck in fear at the thought of messing up. God promises us that He will direct our steps, He will lead us to victory even if we do take a few steps our way and fail, we can trust that God will redirect us into His ways, into His victory, and into the freedom He has given us no matter how many times we’ve messed up in the past. It’s God’s faithfulness that will set us on this adventure of life in the most awesome ways, our faithfulness is only to step and trust. Here are some promises from God that show us even more why being stuck in our fear of failure is so daggum crazy;
“But thank God! He has made us his captives and continues to lead us along in Christ’s triumphal procession. Now he uses us to spread the knowledge of Christ everywhere, like a sweet perfume.”/2 Corinthians 2:14
You see what God does!!! Lead us captives in the victory of Christ!!! And when we move and live in this promise, the people around us get to see and smell the sweetness, freedom, and victory of Christ!!!! This thought convicted me a lot, “is my fear of failing and moving forward with God in my life worth holding me back from experiencing the fullness and victory of Christ? Am I that selfish that I would rather sit comfortably in my fear, scared to mess up and move forward knowing that when I give up my fears and my life to trust God on this journey that others around me who are even more stuck and chained up by their fear by not having God to lean on, when they see God moving in my life they will see another way, they will see freedom and life in the fullest?” Think about that the next time you decide to sit still, others lives and eternities are stake and that makes moving that much more important!!!! If you fall down, God will pick you up and set you in the right direction. If you go the wrong way, BOOM!!! God redirects you to His path and His ways!!! So what are we waiting for?????