"Moses said to the Lord, "Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue. The Lord said to him, "Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives the sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.'" Exodus 4:10-12 (NIV)
Fear can prevent us from taking advantage of wonderful opportunities. The fear of being rejected can stop us from applying to college. The fear of being unsuccessful in business can stop us from ever starting one. The fear of being interviewed can stop us from applying for a position. Fear may be the number one enemy of success.
Of course a little fear can be healthy. Everyone should consider the possible risks involved with making certain moves or attempting certain tasks. But apprehension is not the same as fear. Fear is an emotion that we can actually feel in the pit of our stomachs. Fear exacerbates stress that can make us more vulnerable to disease. Fear is the act of conceding a loss before the game is even played or the battle has been fought. And fear is an acknowledgement that some human task or experience can do more harm to us than God is able to handle. That is what Moses learned.
Moses was afraid. He had been called by God to be a spokesman and a leader; but, he never did either before. In fact, he knew that he was not a great speaker. Some of our fears are based on what we know to be true and Moses knew that he had no talent in the speaking department. God's answer to Moses is God's answer to us. If we accept our calling, our assignment and our purpose, the same God that made us and called us will enable us to do what we have been called to do. Moses just had to say yes to the what and then God would make available the how.
That is what faith does - it gives us the courage to say yes to our what long before we see our how. Then God does the rest.
"God, give me the faith that I need to accept my what and the patience that I need to wait for your how. Amen."