Take the Initial Step in Faith
“[Jesus] said to the man, ‘I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.’ ” Mark 2:10–11 (niv)
“Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty I’m free at last!” I’m finished with my workout for another day! And like many folks, I have a love-hate relationship with exercise. I love the idea of it. I love how I feel after I finish. Sometimes I even love the process and knowing the purge of stress and calories will feel good the rest of the day.
The hardest part of most challenges is getting started—the first step of action. It marks a crucial turning point. The challenge of the first step is a timeless one, and it applies to faith as well. God does a great deal to carry us through life. However, He does require that we take an initial step in faith, even when the challenge ahead seems insurmountable.
Consider His instruction to His people on the brink of receiving the promised Land (Joshua 3). He was ready to part the Jordan River so they could cross. However, they needed to step out in faith before He cleared the obstacle—at flood stage, no less: “As soon as the priests…set foot in the Jordan, its waters flowing downstream will be cut off and stand up in a heap.” Those waters looked dangerous, but the people needed to make the first difficult move in faith that He would deliver them.
Consider also the paralytic Jesus healed in Mark 2:10–11. In order to experience healing, the man had to act in faith by obeying Jesus’ instruction to get up and walk. How easy it would have been for him to give the excuse, “But I can’t, Jesus.” The man had many more reasons to doubt Jesus than to believe him. But all he needed was one good reason to stand up in faith. Jesus Himself was that one good reason.
Jesus is your one good reason too. Accept the challenge, and then step out and find out Jesus is enough.
FAITH STEP: What faith step sounds too difficult but continues to nag your thoughts? The first step is yours to take.
Written by Erin Keeley Marshall
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