A Step at a Time
Now faith is assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1, ESV
The Bible is full of examples of acts of obedience. Obedience is not my strongest quality. When I look to Scripture, I see Noah, who pleased God by respecting His warning and building the ark. He must have been a laughingstock, but he did it anyway. I don’t like being made fun of. I avoid it whenever I can. But, like He did for Noah, the Lord might have something He wants me to do that’s out of my comfort zone.
What is the ark I’m supposed to build today? In what is God asking me to be obedient that might be uncomfortable, awkward or embarrassing? Is it to reach out and befriend someone whom my neighbors or friends make fun of? To lead a Bible study I feel incompetent to lead? To speak up about something happening in my community or church that doesn’t honor Him?
Abraham was called by God to set out for the place in which he was to receive his inheritance without knowing where he was going!
Can I follow God and remain comfortable when I don’t know what’s next? I have a light in Jesus that pierces the darkness right in front of me, but it only shines so far. With Christ I must take only one step at a time and wait for Him to illuminate the next. It’s like jumping off the high dive and then checking on the way down to make sure there’s water in the pool. With Christ, however, I am assured that there’s always water in the pool.
FAITH STEP: If your next act of obedience and faith feels unclear, ask for illumination and wait for God’s answer.
Contributed by Judy Baer