Week 2 – March 21
Name and Age: Taylor Fohr, age 14
Missional experience: The mission experience described in this devotional: driving down the street. (Otherwise, I've done Converge, Celebrate Jesus, Community Launch days with the church, HOPE, etc.)
I lift up my eyes to the mountains--
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the LORD,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot slip--
he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
The LORD watches over you--
the LORD is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.
The LORD will keep you from all harm--
he will watch over your life;
the LORD will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.
Every time we do something, every time we help someone, it’s an act of faith.
Actively having faith means uncertainty, because it’s putting our reliance on God, not ourselves.
And sometimes, we get kind of afraid of uncertainty. Uncertainty isn’t comfortable. We’re always relying on ourselves, always planning out our moves before we make them...we don’t always like that uncertainty that comes with faith.
So sometimes, we just back down to avoid it. We become afraid that we’re going to fail. A major way we back down because we’re afraid of failure is when God is telling us to help people out. We see a need, we feel like God wants us to help someone, but so many times we don’t because we don’t know HOW to.
This kind of situation has happened to me so many times, and you’ve probably had a similar experience. I saw a man sitting on the side of the road. His appearance was the image so many of us think of when we think of a stereotypical homeless man. Beard, tattered hair, soft eyes, a backpack. I kept having this strong sense of God telling me to do something to help him. Sure. But what? As we sat at that red light, I sat there and wondered what to do to help him. Of course I didn’t want to stop the car, get out, and walk over if I didn’t know exactly what I was going to do or say- I was afraid of failure, of uncertainty. Ultimately, of faith. A minute later, the light turned green, and we moved on.
This is an example of how sometimes, we’re afraid to step out in faith because we don’t really know what’s going on, what we’re supposed to do, what’s going to happen, etc.
But we so often forget what God has said. Over and over and over again, Psalm 121 assures us...
“My help comes from the Lord.” (v. 2)
“He will not let your foot slip.” (v. 3)
“He who watches over you will not slumber.” (v.3)
“The Lord watches over you.” (v. 5)
“He will watch over your life.” (v. 7)
“The Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.” (v. 8)
God is with us, he’s promised to be constantly watching over us, and he’s promised to not let our foot slip. Step out in faith, and don’t be afraid of what you don’t know, because God is with you. He knows what he’s doing.
Thank you for who you are, Father. Please help us remember and live in the powerful fact that you’re with us. God, we ask that you’d give us the strength to step out in faith and trust in you. Even when we’re uncertain in what you’re doing or what we’re supposed to do, we can be certain in the fact that you’re with us, and you won’t let us fall. Teach us not to fear failure in the world’s eyes, but to fear failure in your eyes. You’re awesome, God. We love you.