By Josh Kerby
Do you ever doubt yourself? I do. I often doubt that I am qualified or good enough to do certain tasks, even when asked to by others. If we are asked to do these tasks, then obviously they think we are capable of doing them. I think doubt can also come when trying something new or making a significant change in our lives. For instance, I had a lot of doubt when I moved out. I wasn’t sure if everything would work together. I didn’t doubt my capabilities, but rather that it was possible or that it was where God wanted me.
Here at Journey Quest, we do a lot of weeklong trips. These trips have a lot of moving parts and someone has to lead it. I get put in charge of these trips a lot. Even though I have led a lot of these trips, I still doubt my leadership ability. I still doubt my capabilities to lead a successful trip. Going back to what I said earlier, I was put in charge because others do believe I am capable. As I continue to lead more and more trips, I doubt myself less, but it is still there. I am now training other guides to lead these trips. I see it in their eyes, the self-doubt. They think they aren’t ready, but we all believe they are. God doesn’t put us in situations without first preparing us for them. God has prepared each one of us to lead these trips. He has also chosen each one of specifically to be on certain trips because He knows we have something only we can bring to that trip. He has chosen us, He prepared us, and He has asked us to step into His plan.
“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10
The other day, I ended up guiding for a different company. We call this rent-a-guiding. Most of this time, we love going to guide for a different company to get more time on the river. I had just gotten off of a trip and was asked if I wanted to go rent-a-guide. I really wasn’t sure if I wanted to or not. Well, I ended up going and I realized God intended for me to be there. I had some really cool conversations with my group about God and the direction He has for all of our lives. I know that if I weren’t the guide for that boat, those conversations wouldn’t have happened. It was up to me whether I was willing to go. This wasn’t an instance where I knew God was calling me to go, but rather God was giving me a choice and wanted me to choose. After I had chosen, He wanted me to trust in Him and start the conversation in the boat. I know that no matter where we end up, if we trust in the Lord, He will direct our paths.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6
God has already prepared you for whatever situations you are going to be in. He has put you through the necessary training before giving you the task. He does this all the time without us realizing it. He prepared me to lead the weeklong trips through Boy Scouts long before I was at Journey Quest. He had a purpose for me on the rent-a-guide trip. The question is, are you going to trust God in these situations. Do you believe God has prepared you? Do you believe that God directs you to certain situations because you have a purpose there? God wants us always to believe we have a purpose and trust that He has us where we are for a reason. He wants us to lean on Him and know He has already prepared us for these situations. Step confidently into what God is calling you to do. Have faith that He has already prepared you for it. Know that wherever you go, God is guiding you.
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28
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