A lot of people have been really hesitant about their faith, but that didn’t stop them. It doesn’t have to stop you.

“‘Ah, Sovereign LORD,’ I said, ‘I do not know how to speak; I am only a child.'” -Jeremiah 1:6

A lot of prophets were very hesitant to start speaking for God. Many of them remained hesitant throughout their career. What can that teach you about your own faith? Probably the biggest thing it can teach you is not that hesitation is normal (that’s true), but that your fear does not automatically handicap you; even though you’re afraid, you can be exactly what you need to be in your time and place.

The examples are all through the Bible. Jonah, obviously, hesitated to go to Ninevah. Jeremiah hesitated because he was a kid. Isaiah thought he was too sinful to live. Ezekiel sat, overwhelmed by the vision and his own feelings of bitterness and anger, for seven days. Moses was so hesitant to speak, God even had to give him a helper, Aaron, to get things done.

In fact, it seems that the only prophets who tended not to fear were the minor ones, while all the majors needed some convincing. But that could be due to the length of the books. Maybe the minors had fears of their own that just didn’t have space for mentioning.

The point is, a lot of people–if not most people–experience fear and hesitation when they’re called by God. Yet for the heroes that doesn’t, ultimately, hold them back. They take courage (I wrote a little about that here).

Taking courage is one of the first tasks of a believer.

You can do it, because He can do it.

“I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.” -Psalm 27:13-14