4 Uplifting Lessons from the Life of St. Patrick


3. Step out in faith.


When Maewyn Succat received his call from God, he did not respond to the call initially because he felt that he lacked the education and training to be an effective evangelist. Feeling unworthy of his calling put Succat in good company. Many “heroes” of the Bible dragged their feet when God came calling. Here are two examples:


Moses:

When God spoke to him from a burning bush and told him that he was to lead the Hebrews from slavery to freedom, Moses objected. Then he asked for God’s name. Then he protested that people would not believe that God had spoken to him. After God gave him three signs to use to convince others, Moses objected that he was “not eloquent” but “slow of speech and of tongue” (Exodus 4:10, ESV). When God said that He would give Moses the right words to say, Moses said, “Send someone else” (v. 13). Finally, after God said that Aaron could accompany Moses as God’s spokesman, Moses agreed to do what God asked.


Gideon:

When an angel appeared to Gideon and said that God is with him, Gideon protested that God had forsaken Israel. When the angel stated that God had chosen Gideon to save Israel from its enemy, Midian, Gideon replied that he was the weakest member of the weakest clan. God will help you, said the angel. I need a sign, replied Gideon, and the angel gave him one. Later, when the Midianites and their allies amassed for battle, Gideon demanded another sign from God. When God complied, Gideon asked for yet another sign. Finally, after receiving the third sign, he agreed to lead Israel.


After Succat received his call, he waited at least a decade, possibly two, before he went to Ireland. While he waited, he received a great deal of training and education.


Even then, he was hesitant, thinking that he still lacked the skills to be an effective evangelist. Once he stepped out in faith and went to Ireland, however, his hesitations vanished, and he was confident that God would lead and guide him every step of the way.


When God calls you, it’s natural to be hesitant or even afraid.


As Franklin D. Roosevelt said, “Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the assessment that something else is more important than fear.”


Step out in faith. God’s got your back.


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