Faith that kept Peter up when he walked on water.
Faith that helped Moses lead the Israelites across the Red Sea.
Faith that healed the blind man calling out to Jesus and faith that restored the health of the bleeding women.
Faith that caused the walls of Jericho to fall and the sun to stand still.
Faith that got Joseph through many years of waiting in the dungeon and David through many years of hiding in the desert.
Faith is such a beautiful thing.
In Hebrews it is defined as “being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see”.
It’s having confidence that God will come through for us even when nothing in our life gives us reason to prove that He will.
It’s believing that He will answer your prayer for a baby just like He did for Sarah and Abraham even after years of no answer.
It’s believing that when you are stuck at a dead end like Joseph and your dreams are not even close to being fulfilled that He will still find a way out for you and a place for you to begin.
It’s believing that when after years of struggling with your sickness and your pain like the blind man and the bleeding woman that with just a single touch from God you will be healed and whole again.
It’s believing that when you step off the boat like Peter, out of your comfort zone and into the unknown He will be right there beside you, helping you take every single shaky step.
I have been learning that faith looks different for everyone, and sometimes having faith requires taking action, and other times faith means standing still.
A preacher once said that faith is action motivated. It’s like a motion door that won’t open until you start moving.
And in many cases I believe that is true.
Before Peter could walk on water he first had to step out of the boat. (Matthew 14:22-33)
Before the lady with the bleeding issue could be healed she first had to reach out to Jesus. (Mark 5:25-34)
Before the walls of Jericho fell Joshua and his men marched around it for seven days. (Joshua 6)
In each one of these situations people had to prove their faith by taking action, by being obedient to what God tells them to do even if it meant being out of their comfort zone or doing something that made no sense.
And it’s the same for us.
We want great things to happen in our lives.
We want testimonies of God working in our lives.
We want to fulfill that desire, that vision, that dream God has places in our hearts.
But… we won’t even take one step.
Because it might mean walking on water like Peter.
Or reaching out like the bleeding woman.
And it’s safer to stay in our comfort zones.
But our comfort zones will never get us anywhere.
Another aspect of faith is the complete opposite of taking action, it’s standing still.
It’s patiently waiting when nothing seems to be happening.
It’s not taking things into your own hands like Abraham and Sarah when they tried to “help God out” by having their own child through Hagar.
It’s not killing your enemy Saul like David when he is hunting you in the desert and you know that your rightful place will one day be on his throne and you can just hurry up the process by getting rid of him.
It’s not giving up on your dream like Joseph even when you have no power whatsoever to take action in fulfilling it.
It’s waiting without complaining, without doubt, and without questions knowing that if God makes you a promise He will bring it to pass in His timing, without your help.
Sometimes the hard part in faith is knowing when you should take action or when you should stand still.
When to get out of your comfort zone or when to stay right where you’re at.
In most cases it’s a combination of both.
You want a job? You need to send out your resume to a few places… then you wait for a response.
You want a healing? You pray and seek counsel from a doctor… and then you wait for an answer.
You want to embark on a new journey toward your dreams? You set goals, you take steps… and then you wait for God to take it further when you can’t anymore.
First you pray, then (with Holy Spirit’s guidance) you move, and then you wait.
Wait for God’s answer.
Wait for God’s provision
Wait for God’s guidance.
And when God sees your faith prayers will be answered, mountains will move, sicknesses will be healed, battles will be won, dreams will be fulfilled, and doors will be opened.
Today… ask God to show you what you can do to have faith in Him.
What steps you can take to move a little closer to His will for your life.
Or in what ways you can help yourself remain still and confident in Him if He wants you to simply wait on His timing.
Remember that nothing is impossible for Him if you only believe.
And maybe the road ahead may be uncertain, it may be difficult, it may even be lonely, but never forget that you have nothing to fear because you will never have to walk it alone.
Jesus is right beside you and He’ll help you walk out your faith with Him.
Be blessed and walk strong in Him! -Anna… ♥
“I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” –Matthew 17:20