Has God ever asked you to step out in Faith? I used to hate speaking in front of other people. I was great about sitting in my chair and talking, but not so good getting up in front of the crowd. God led me to lead my local Sisters in Crime group. I had no choice but to speak in front of others. The more I spoke, the more comfortable I became.
Stepping out is not always easy. I know a woman who has stepped out to be a missionary in Indonesia. She left, found out an adoption she’d been waiting on came through, came back for her son then returned. It takes a lot of faith to believe God will protect her child in a country where Christians are not welcome.
In Matthew 14:29, Paul shows his faith in God by stepping out of the boat. It reads, “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.
Can you imagine what it felt like to walk on water? All it took was faith that Jesus would be there for him. And when a wind came up, Paul got scared. What happened? He began to sink. His faith fluttered, and he lost sight of Jesus.
How often does that happen in our lives? We say we have faith, but when it comes time to do something, we backtrack and start asking questions. Is it really God’s plan I do this? What if I’m wrong? How can I be sure?
If it is God’s plan, He’ll see to it that the event happens. If God has asked you to do something in His name, there will be a way. Finances will not be an issue, other people will help, not hinder. No one can get in the way of God’s plan.
If you’re wrong, so what? Nothing you do cannot be fixed by God. How many times have we messed up only to have God step in and fix it? And if you stepped out in true faith that God asked you to do it, He’ll make the situation even better than it was before. He just wants you to believe in Him and His abilities.
How can you be sure? If God is asking you to do something in His name, things will move along in God’s timing for it to happen. He’ll see to it you have the ability. And if you have faith that God is telling you to do it, true faith, you can be sure.
I’ll be honest. I still get nervous getting up in front of other people. But over the last couple of years I’ve joined in the leadership of our women’s Bible study group at church called LOL (Ladies of the Lord), I’ve spoken at the women’s ministry dinner, and I’ve done several writers’ workshops. The more I do, the easier it becomes to get up in front of others. It was just a matter of stepping out in the first place.
When is a time you’ve stepped out in faith? Is there anything still holding you back due to a lack of faith? If so, let us know, we’ll be more than happy to pray with you on it.