Fear is a well known emotion for me. It has held me back many a time, and combined with an active imagination, almost anything can become overwhelming.
Public speaking does not come easily or comfortably. Even while in school, given the opportunity to give an oral report or a more extensive project instead, the choice was hands down the project. The company of a close friend was much preferred over the larger group or party.
There were also bouts of fear with failure which held me back from even trying. Only when the pull to do more became greater than the fear did I begin to ask the question:”How does one manage fear while on the dream journey?”
Moses was a man, called by God to do the incredible – lead God’s people out of Egypt and their captivity. Even though God speaks with him, assuring Moses that He Himself would be with him, Moses was filled with fear and self-doubt.
Moses raises question after question:
- “Who am I to appear before Pharaoh?”
- “Who am I to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt?”
- “What should I tell the people when they ask who has sent me?”
- “What if they won’t believe me or listen to me?”
Then the final straw … “O Lord, I’m not very good with words; I never have been, and I’m not even now, even though you have spoken to me. I get tongue-tied, and my words get tangled” (Exodus 4:10, NLT).
Moses let his fear and self-doubt get to the point they overshadowed the very One to whom he was speaking.