Are you ready to be catapulted toward what God has planned for you? Sometimes disappointments, doubts and fears can hinder us from pressing toward what God has for us. We may even talk ourselves out of “greatness.” But trust that God has a purpose for you, and no one except you can shut a door God opens for you.
Delightfully, I share with you “Slingshot,” a post written by dear friend, mentor and colleague Hakim Hazim. The post comes from his and co-founder Dan Jackson’s Freedom Squared blog site. Launched in 2011, Freedom² is a web-based Christian think tank whose premise is “spiritual freedom x political freedom= Freedom².” I invite you to review other articles on their blog site. Meanwhile, please read “Slingshot” below. Thank you Hakim for sharing this great piece with us! -Nicole
Hakim Hazim, Co-Founder of Freedom²
(Now the man Moses was very humble, more than any man who was on the face of the earth.) Numbers 12:3
This is just a short analogy I want to share with you. I often think of people who continue to struggle with major life issues, setbacks, backsliding and just plain feeling stuck. If this is you, then you are the person I’m writing to.
Does it seem that everyone is surpassing you in the things of God and as you age in years, the opportunities will never come? I think of Moses who fled to the wilderness after killing the Egyptian. He thought life as he knew it was over. Then 80 years in age, Moses was content with the life he had. He no longer had the energy of a young man’s dreams animating him. He was content as a shepherd and according to the scriptures, the most humble man on the face of the earth.
In spite of his humility, there were still desires deep in the heart of Moses, locked away even from his own view. God knew what he placed in Moses. In fact the desire to deliver his people and see justice for them was what got him in trouble in the first place. Moses’ first response was to resist what God placed in him from before birth. Moses was to embody the prophecy uttered to Abraham — deliverance for his people after enslavement (Genesis 15:12-16). After resisting, Moses yielded to God and like a stone propelled from a slingshot, he was hurled onto the world stage and became a saint for the ages.
I believe that many of us have unfulfilled, inspired dreams that remain latent in our hearts. These desires erode because the winds of disappointment and floods of doubt tell us we will never realize what God wants for us. The reality is it’s only true if you want it to be. Our disobedience, fleshly works and backsliding certainly hinder our walk with God, but when we humble ourselves and see the error of our ways — God can use the bitter dregs of wasted years to create a fire in us that will catapult us toward his original plan for us. Look at Paul:
9 For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me. 11 Whether, then, it is I or they, this is what we preach, and this is what you believed. (1 Corinthians 15:9-10)
If you are tired of your life, don’t settle. Humble yourself and seek God’s face. He can catapult you forward and give you more than you imagined. Many have done quite a bit with their remaining years.
About Hakim Hazim
Hakim Hazim, author of several published books and articles, nationally recognized criminality and national security theorist is the co-founder of Freedom², which focuses on believers in America and other free societies. Hakim, who is based near Boise, Idaho, was raised Muslim and is a born-again Christian since 1993. Daniel Jackson, a former youth pastor, is the organization’s other founding member and technology expert with a Fortune 500 company. Other project partners include researcher Charles Holmes, Jr., and Dracy Jenkins. Hakim is also the founder of the Christian-based national security consultancy, Relevant Now, which provides clients with “timely, insightful and transformative information.” Hakim has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas and a Master of Arts in National Security Studies from the California State University San Bernardino.