God loves it when we show faith in Him. To trust in Him and not lean on our own understanding relinquishes control in our own abilities, and demonstrates dependence in our Heavenly Father.
Throughout the Bible, God gives examples of where His desire is to bless and provide for us, but first…we must display our complete faith in Him.
In Joshua 3:13-17, it’s very interesting how in order for the Israelites to cross the Jordan River and FINALLY enter the Promised Land, they first had to take a step out in faith. God tells the priests to walk out into the Jordan River carrying the Ark of the Covenant. God could have easily parted the Jordan River, just like He parted the Red Sea. But instead, before pushing back the waters of the Jordan River, he FIRST asks the priests to step out in faith and walk into the water. I’m sure the priests were nervous to take that first step, for the Bible says it was the harvest season and the river was flooded and twice as broad as it normally would be. But it wasn’t until the Israelites obeyed God and stepped out into the water, did God move the waters back so they could cross the Jordan, and enter into the Promised Land.
Similarly, in Matthew 14:22-32, Peter miraculously walks on water to join Jesus out in the Sea of Galilea. Acting on faith, Peter steps out from the boat and begins to walk on the water towards Jesus. But then, he sees strong winds and waves and starts to doubt. And as his fears become bigger than his faith, he begins to sink. Desperately Peter asks Jesus to save him. As Jesus reaches out to Peter He says: “You have so little faith, why did you doubt me?”
I just love this passage. Sometimes we need to step out in faith, before God will step IN, and provide. It speaks volumes as to how much more we can accomplish through Christ Jesus, than we could on our own. Finding faith and strength in God is all we need to unlock our courage, and our potential.
For myself, I feel that often times it isn’t necessarily taking a physical step, but instead a mental step of faith. After a low point in my life where I found myself without a job, a car, and due to my lease ending soon, without an apartment. It was extremely tempting to just throw in the towel and move back across the country to my parents. But as I prayed about my situation, I heard clearly God saying to stay in San Diego. And so I prayed and decided that if I were to stay, I would put my faith in Him and believe that He would provide for me. And through a series of miracles that absolutely BLEW my mind, I was hired within a month making more money than I’d made at my previous employers, my cousins “just so happened” to have a spare car for a few months and lent it to me until I found something safe and affordable (which I did and it was not only affordable and functional but quite cute – yes, God care about your needs and your desires), and through a friend lending a helping hand, I stayed with her rent-free for two months until I could move into my own apartment.
Sometimes it doesn’t make sense, but that is faith. 😉
What is God asking you to step out in faith for? Let me know in the comments below!