Stepping out on Faith
2 Timothy 2:15 King James Version (KJV)
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
Stepping out on Faith
Considering the dangers and risks we are surrounded by daily, we are programmed and hardwired to play it safe with our lives. This is assuming that we believe our lives belong to us, to begin with. We opt for the safest options, the paths well-traveled, and to dwell within our comfort zone. What if you were called to step out on faith? Would you disrupt your comfort to go through something new with God? If we are to effectively step out on faith, we must be well equipped to do so. We want to explore the importance of faith, the challenges, and the beauty therein.
To keep the first thing first, in order to step out on faith, you must ultimately have faith. Not a false faith that travels beyond the boundaries of the word of God, but a true, genuine, and biblical faith. The recipe for acquiring such faith is discussed in the Bible. Romans 10:17 states that “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Therefore, if you are in need of faith, you must hear and the ability to hear is given through the word of God. Faith is your confidence in God while taking Him at his word. Faith is not an arbitrary decision made over your life. As random as we may believe God to be, He upholds the fact that all things must be done decently and in order (1 Corinthians 14:40). Noah didn’t plotlessly decide to build the Ark because he felt like starting a DIY project. The oncoming rain was foretold by God, the duration of time, and how to carefully prepare. With the details properly etched out, Noah then built the Ark and survived along with his family and the animals.
God’s satisfaction or dissatisfaction with us is directly connected to our faith. This aspect, also, is important with respect to faith. A shortage of faith not only hinders our spiritual maturation, but it also displeases God (Hebrews 11:6). Numbers 23:19 reads, “God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?” (Numbers 23:19). We fundamentally question God’s faithfulness when we do not fully trust in Him and will decide to eventually take matters into our own hands. This is ultimately why Sarah, the wife of Abraham, decided to have Abraham sleep with one of her handmaidens to materialize God’s promise. Sarah illustrates our nature faithlessness while believing we have the ability to assist God. Despite being told in Genesis 18 that she would be the one to give birth to a son, Sarah lost hope and took matters into her own hands. The lack of faith displayed by Sarah in that instant could not have pleased God. Therefore, we are to carefully gauge the confidence and faith we have in God.
Stepping out on faith comes with a slew of challenges, which makes stepping out on faith easier to avoid altogether. It’s generally difficult to detach ourselves from normalcy, walk into the unknown, and risk failure. Beyond that, we risk losing popularity and social validation when we are called to step out on the grounds of faith. We’d like to take a prudent approach to our situations even if it means sacrificing something far greater on the other side. In reference to the story of the rich young ruler found in Matthew 19:16-30, Christ may require us to do things we deem atypical and odd. The rich young ruler, not being able to weigh out the true value of Christ’s proposal, walked away grieved and burdened because of what Christ required of him. What the rich young ruler knew, the lifestyle he grew accustomed to, and all his possessions were too precious to exchange for treasures in heaven and a life of following Christ. The story, along with the many lessons you can extract from it, is showing that sometimes we enjoy autonomous, non-sacrificial, and self-fulfilled lives apart from truly submitting ourselves to the will of God.
The beauty of stepping out on faith is astounding if and when we cross over to that side of the spectrum. There are unimaginable rewards for taking God at His word and performing what he asks. The scripture assures us that “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.”(1 Corinthians 2:9). Abraham was willing to offer up his son Isaac at God’s command but was instructed to not carry out the plan. God examined Abraham’s radical belief and packaged him as the father of many nations and an example of great faith. Although it is mysterious how God operates, we can expect a positive end without certainty at the start.
Mustering up the courage to do something you’ve never done is exceedingly fearful without the guidance and wisdom of our Father. It shouldn’t be advised to advance in anything without seeking God’s take on the situation beforehand. This why we are to “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6). Earnestly searching the Bible should be our starting and ending point in addressing pressing and confounding matters. If we are to step out on faith, we need to be equipped with faith. We are to do this by fervently reading the word of God. This will help us to jump the hurdles of challenges and bring us to the beauty of trusting in God.