A few weeks ago I wrote a lesson about a time in my life when my husband and I just simply had to step out on faith. In order for today’s lesson to make sense to you it will probably be important for you to go back and review the first lesson. (Stepping Out on Faith).

 

 First of all, I would like to thank each of you for your sweet words of encouragement. It meant a lot to me that so many of you took the time to e-mail your thoughts regarding how much you enjoyed reading about our faith journey.

 

 One sweet friend asked if I could speak more on how we came to the decision to step out on faith and go through the process of moving when there was no home or living quarters in place.  Her reason for asking to know more about this was based on the scripture from Luke 14:28-30- “But don’t begin until you count the cost. For who would begin construction of a building without first calculating the cost to see if there is enough money to finish it? 29 Otherwise, you might complete only the foundation before running out of money, and then everyone would laugh at you. 30 They would say, ‘There’s the person who started that building and couldn’t afford to finish it!

I decided with her encouragement to write more about this for others who may also be having similar thoughts.  While reviewing the series of events that took place during this time I have come to this conclusion; we knew we were within God’s will because we first prayed for God to bless my husband with a new career opportunity and He did exactly that. He blessed him with it. We saw that, as God opening a door for us to walk through for the next series of events to follow. When He blessed us with new job offers, and they all were in 4 different states, other than where we were living at the time, we knew it would require us making a move. We knew if we had to move we would obviously be blessed with a new home to move into.  We didn’t know the details of how God would bring it all together. We just knew this was a situation that we would have to release to His care. We were not in control, He was.

 

Sometimes, you simply have to trust that things will work out. If we had known all of the answers, no faith would have been needed. God wanted us to trust Him.

The more I think of it, I am reminded of an exercise that is designed to increase trust, during this exercise everyone has a scarf tied around their eyes and they cannot see anything. Only one person can see everything that is going on, and everyone else has to hold on to a rope blindfolded and trust the leader to bring them safely to their destination. This was no different. God was our leader, His hand was our rope and the blindfold was the uncertainty of it all.

 

Isn’t it wonderful although scary that sometimes we just have to let that desire to be in control and know every detail go? This is when you really see God work. This is real Faith! When God moved it gave us permission to move. We simply had to have faith that if God started this process He would finish it.

I am reminded of the children of Israel and how they moved when the cloud moved. Nehemiah 9:19, “But in your great mercy you did not abandon them to die in the wilderness. The pillar of cloud still led them forward by day, and the pillar of fire showed them the way through the night.

Please don’t misinterpret what I am saying. We certainly did not see moving clouds and pillars of fire, however, God certainly gave us evidence that He was moving because of the sequence of events that were taking place.

There are times when we are praying and God has not moved, I feel that those are the times we should be still, especially if we have received nothing to indicate that he is working on our behalf or given us permission to move. There certainly are other times when He is working and we don’t see anything happening. There again we can’t get ahead of him. Someone once said the only thing worse than waiting is wishing you had waited.

Genesis 16: 1-6

Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had not been able to bear children for him. But she had an Egyptian servant named Hagar. 2 So Sarai said to Abram, “The Lord has prevented me from having children. Go and sleep with my servant. Perhaps I can have children through her.” And Abram agreed with Sarai’s proposal. 3 So Sarai, Abram’s wife, took Hagar the Egyptian servant and gave her to Abram as a wife. (This happened ten years after Abram had settled in the land of Canaan.)4 So Abram had sexual relations with Hagar, and she became pregnant. But when Hagar knew she was pregnant, she began to treat her mistress, Sarai, with contempt. 5 Then Sarai said to Abram, “This is all your fault! I put my servant into your arms, but now that she’s pregnant she treats me with contempt. The Lord will show who’s wrong—you or me!”6 Abram replied, “Look, she is your servant, so deal with her as you see fit.” Then Sarai treated Hagar so harshly that she finally ran away.
God had moved when he promised Abraham a child.

 

Genesis 15:1-6- Some time later, the Lord spoke to Abram in a vision and said to him, “Do not be afraid, Abram, for I will protect you, and your reward will be great.”2 But Abram replied, “O Sovereign Lord, what good are all your blessings when I don’t even have a son? Since you’ve given me no children, Eliezer of Damascus, a servant in my household, will inherit all my wealth. 3 You have given me no descendants of my own, so one of my servants will be my heir.”4 Then the Lord said to him, “No, your servant will not be your heir, for you will have a son of your own who will be your heir.” 5 Then the Lord took Abram outside and said to him, “Look up into the sky and count the stars if you can. That’s how many descendants you will have!”6 And Abram believed the Lord, and the Lord counted him as righteous because of his faith.

In this case Sarah through impatience jumped ahead of God. She did not allow God to complete the process in the way he had already communicated to Abraham that He would. Her faith was not strong enough to watch the promise unfold in God’s timing and God’s way.

I am certainly not an authority on this subject however, I think there are times when we certainly must count the cost before moving forward. And there are other times when God tells us to do something or presents an opportunity to us that we simply must pray about and move forward quickly, trusting that if He brought it to us, He will protect us through it.

Genesis 12:1-4- The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you. 2 I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others. 3 I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you.”4 So Abram departed as the Lord had instructed, and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he left Haran.

God has given us the ability and the freedom to make choices and as long as what we desire or choose does not contradict his word or fall into the category of being sinful we are free to make our own decisions. Through prayer we learn God’s perfect and best will for our lives. Do you want God’s good, better or His best for your life? Sometimes decisions are not good or bad, sometimes they are good, better or best. The main thing is not to go through life over analyzing things to the point you become paralyzed with the fear of making a wrong decision and do nothing. Or trying to force God’s hand when He has clearly closed a door.

Simply pray and God will reveal the direction you should go. Although you may have to wait, you will be answered. It is always better if you allow God to go before you. Be willing to wait and have faith in His perfect timing. He always leads us right.

Most importantly walk closely with Him so you will know His voice when he speaks to you John 10:4-5 – After he has gathered his own flock, he walks ahead of them, and they follow him because they know his voice. 5 They won’t follow a stranger; they will run from him because they don’t know his voice.”

Be blessed and get ready to STEP OUT ON FAITH!

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