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Today’s Truth

Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Isaiah 40:28-31

Friend to Friend

Have you ever wanted to “freeze” a moment and make it last a lifetime? I have. I have also lived through certain moments that I wish I could change or even delete and pretend they never happened. But change is a natural part of life. We can embrace it, or we can fight it.

My husband often says that the only people who really like change are wet babies. However, I have discovered that some people thrive and live for change to the point that they are “change junkies” and have little stability. Others dig in their heels and refuse to change a thing and ultimately become prisoners of old habits – both good and bad. When it comes to change, we have a decision to make. Change is a sign of growth and life and is sometimes needed simply to survive.

God may be asking you to step out in faith and make a change in your life. He has already been where He is asking you to go and prepared every step of the way for you. You don’t have to be afraid of the unknown. It is unknown only to you.

God is well aware of where you are and of every step He is asking you to take. He may be asking you to get rid of old memories, eliminate destructive habits, or forsake lifeless traditions. He is waiting for you to take one step.

Faith in God does not come all at once. Faith is a step-by-step process that begins with one small step and increases as we go. An Old Testament story found in Joshua 3 illustrates this truth.

The Israelites are camped on the bank of the Jordan River. Forty years earlier, they had escaped from Egypt and have been wandering around in the wilderness ever since. All of their needs have been met by God. They have seen miracle after miracle and now they can see Canaan, the Promised Land. However, there is a problem.

A huge river stands between the Israelites and the Promised Land, and there is no way around it. God told His people that He would make a dry path through the river, but the priests had never seen that happen. In fact, they hadn’t even been born when the Red Sea was parted and there were no reruns of the Ten Commandments at the local Wilderness Theatre. The Israelites had spent their entire adult lives in the wilderness and finally, they could see a way out. Oh, and one more problem — the priests couldn’t swim. This was probably the first river they had even been close to in their lives. I can imagine their fear and questions. God was asking them to step out in faith as never before.

I don’t imagine the Israelites had a great deal of faith in God at that moment, but they had just enough faith to take that first step. And that was enough.

Joshua 3:15-17 (NCV) During harvest the Jordan overflows its banks. When the priests carrying the Ark came to the edge of the river and stepped into the water, the water upstream stopped flowing. It stood up in a heap. So the people crossed over.

Notice that God did nothing until those toes touched the water. That first step was all God needed to see. Many times, we won’t take the first step of change because we’re afraid we won’t be able to make the whole journey.

Don’t wait until you believe it all.

Don’t wait until you can see it all.

Don’t wait until you understand it all.

Trust God and step out in faith. He will meet you there.

Let’s Pray

Father, I come to You in faith. I will admit that change scares me because it means I have to face the unknown. I know it is a control issue, Lord. Right now, I surrender the control of my life and my journey to You. Give me the strength to step out in faith and make the changes You are asking me to make.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn

Read Isaiah 40:28-31 again.

Make a list of the reasons we can trust God – even when facing uncertainty.

Are you tired? Is God asking you to make some changes in your life? Record those changes in your journal.

What one thing is keeping you from stepping out in faith? Are you willing to surrender that one thing to God right now?

More from the Girlfriends

Check out Mary’s E-Bible Study: What Am I Doing in this Pit for ways to deal with the chains that are holding you prisoner. And if you need help with trusting God, get Mary’s MP3 download, Stepping Out in Faith.

Be sure to check out the FREE MP3s on Mary’s website and connect with Mary through email or on Facebook.

8 Responses to “Stepping Out in Faith”

  1. Judy Bateman says:

    Thanks for sharing. I’m reading this at 5:40 in the morning. That’s a good thing because it will make me think all day.

  2. Susan says:

    I have goosebumps after reading this morning. I have been awake and in prayer most of the night, looking for guidance on how to advise my youngest son on a big decision in his life, one he is struggling with because he does not like change, AT ALL! He is comfortable, and did I mention he does not like change? This is the perfect wisdom and reminder for me how to advise him. Thanks Mary!

  3. MsMax says:

    Some devotionals seem to be ‘customized’ just for me, this morning’s devotional is one of those times. I cannot fake like I didn’t read what I just read and the clear message this has for ME. Thank you Mary for “Stepping Out In Faith.”

  4. MsMiddleJ says:

    I could not agree more with you, MsMax. Not only was Mary’s message jut what I needed, and absolutely perfect for my circumstances and a decision I have mulled over, it’s on the heels of my daily devotion about witnessing, a change that I have been preparing for for nearly 6 years. When we know it’s His Voice that commands us, we must BE the change agent in obedience to His commands. I love my Girlfriends in God. Thank you, Mary, for this “answer” I’ve been needing to hear!

  5. Wow! God had a lot to say to me in this post today. Thank you Mary for sharing these thoughts and allowing God to speak truth through you. Many blessings!

  6. Rebecca Jones says:

    Faith is believing what we can’t see yet, it’s not always easy but it pleases God.

  7. Peggy says:

    Mary,
    I’ve worked in a church as a finance administrator for over 25 years. I work in a an urban church that has a long history of serving the poor and homeless. I’ve wondered at times if I should make a change but have always felt God calling me to stay put. A few years ago I faced the biggest change (and challenge)ever when a long term Sr Pastor of 23 years retired. In faith, I decided to once again stay, having no idea who or what was coming. It was the best and hardest decision I ever made.
    The future unfolded day by day, much of the staff changed, but I’ve been able to see first hand the way God is moving in this church. It has involved alot of change and I’ve had the privilege of watching a new generation of young leaders find innovative ways to do urban ministry in a way that shapes this church for the future. My “taking one step” simply involved trusting where God was taking us.
    Thanks for your posts. I always look forward to them.
    Peggy

  8. Bernadette says:

    Mary, I just keep coming back to this paragraph…”God is well aware of where you are and of every step He is asking you to take. He may be asking you to get rid of old memories, eliminate destructive habits, or forsake lifeless traditions. He is waiting for you to take one step.” I’m struggling to get rid of old memories or prevent them from popping back up and feeling as though I need to confess again. How does one get rid of old memories or, at the very least, get to the point where they have no more power?

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