How many of you out there get intimidated by certain people? It may be because of how rich they are, popular, how many friends they have, the type of job they have, the lifestyle they live, the list can go on and on. We are all intimidated by something, though many times its a situation rather than a person.
Being intimidated is one thing but when you start to let it control and interfere with your life, then you have a problem. If you read through the Bible, you come across many different situations where people were feeling intimidated and we see how God responded to them.
When Joshua was selected as the new leader of Israel, he was definitely intimidated by the people, by the position and the shoes he had to fill. He was after all becoming the next leader after Moses and he saw how strong the relationship was between Moses and God. God spoke to Moses on many occasions and guided him on all his paths and instructed him more than once. Joshua was supposed to take over the role of Moses. What if he wasn’t smart enough? What if he didn’t have such a close relationship with God as Moses did? What if the people didn’t listen to him? What if he led the nation astray? There were so many questions, so many different possibilities of things that could go horribly wrong so of course he would be intimidated. But in Deuteronomy 31:6, God responded to Him
“Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”
Think back to the first time you met Christ. The first time you walked into a church. The first time you talked with Jesus. Were you intimidated even the tiniest bit? I know I was! Here was I a sinner, talking to the Man who knew no sin. Someone who was blameless. Someone who was perfect. Yes, I felt very very intimated but the more I got to know Christ, the more I began to see that that wasn’t something I should have in my life as a Christian. I shouldn’t feel intimidated because I wasn’t perfect. News flash, nobody was but Christ. Yet in my mind, I always make out people to be a lot better than me. I always end up putting myself down because I was scared for someone else to do it for me. When we come before God, we have no need to be ashamed because the Blood of Christ on the cross that was shed for me, made me white as snow. I no longer had to live in fear, in Christ I was able to live in victory. 2 Timothy 2:15 says
“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worked who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.”
What has God called you to do? Recently I was asked if I could teach at a 6 month Bible School in the Philippines. I told them that I would consider it and I really am, but boy have I never been more intimidated in my life. This whole opportunity came out of nowhere and it was so unexpected. To teach in front of so many students(all over the age of 18!) and for 6 months?! Surely something will go wrong during my time here. I mean why me? I’m not someone who knows the Bible on the back of her hand, I’m not someone who can give you an answer to a deep theological question. I don’t know all the answers, I have’t studied long enough to know much. So when they asked me if I would be willing to consider it, I said yes though I didn’t really think it through. The more I though about it, the more I wanted to back out. Never in my life have I imagined myself teaching at a Bible School, better yet in the Philippines! When I was on FaceTime with them, I appeared to be cool as if I had it all together yet inside I was having a panic party just waiting to be released as soon as I hung up the phone. I didn’t want them to know how intimidated I was by this opportunity. Looking at the situation now, a few weeks later, I can see that God is giving me the ability to go further beyond my own ability. This is Him redirecting my path to where He wants me to go, not where I planned to.
Often times we hear people talk about how God has been blessing them abundantly and leading them on different paths on their walk with Him. When I hear people talk about this, I crave it. I want God to lead me where He wants me to go not where I try to force Him to follow me. I want to be used as a vessel to glorify Him and praise His name. I want my life to be a reflection of Him. In order for any of this to occur, we need to respond when we are moved by the spirit. We can’t stay in the same spot forever just because we are feeling intimidated at the moment or are too afraid to move any further. We need to get out of our comfort zone and stop caring about what other people think about it. When we choose to respond to the spirit when it moves us, we start to hear God’s voice more clearly.
Intimidation isn’t from God. Most times than not, it hinders us from doing the will of God. We shouldn’t allow our slight intimidation keep us from doing the will of God and going where He is sending us. Each day is a new day where we can spend time preparing and getting ready for whatever God has planned for us next. Isaiah 41:10:
“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”