That first step of obedience when God called me to write felt like a giant leap of faith. Though God did make it easier when He arranged circumstances that helped me see His hand guiding me along the way.
Writing was exciting and full of possibilities. The challenge appeared with that next step of obedience. Staying the course proved harder than that first leap of faith. Those daily steps of obedience required more trust than the first step of obedience.
When the road feels unsure, I try to see where the path I am on leads, and instead of trusting God to provide along the way, I sometimes focus on my fears that stand in the way. I begin to question if I shouldn’t do something that actually makes money and then write on the side, take a detour to make things happen on my own accord.
When God called Abraham, He only gave him that first step too, but it was a big one.
“The Lord had said to Abram, ‘Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.'” (Genesis 12:1 NIV)
God was setting Abraham (then Abram) apart for His purposes. He was calling Abraham to leave all that he knew and trust God along the way.
As Mark Batterson so wisely said in The Grave Robber: How Jesus Can Make Your Impossible Possible,* “We want God to reveal the second step before we take the first, but faith is taking the first step before God reveals the second!”
I would add to Mark Batterson’s words and say it takes God confidence to continue taking that next step of obedience.
So, my friend, if you have made that first step of obedience, trust God to provide what you need along the way. Where God leads He provides. Because I have seen God’s faithfulness along the way, I find myself looking less often at the road ahead and trusting God to show the way.
And if God is calling you to take that first step of obedience, step out in faith. Don’t let your fears stand in the way of all God has for you. My friend, let your confidence in God give you the courage to take that first step of obedience.
Rest in His presence.Crystal
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