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There’s a story of a man who was walking on a cable across a gorge. He had a bit of an audience and before he started walking he asked them if they believed he could make it across. They cheered for him and when he got to the other side, he put a wheelbarrow on the cable and asked for a volunteer to get inside for him to walk them across.
I wouldn’t expect many people to raise their hands. Isn’t it easy to cheer someone else on to trust God? Sometimes, I fear that we find it hard to trust God for ourselves.
Take a moment and read Hebrews 11:1-6. Focus on verses, 1,3, and 6.
Faith Demands Risk
Faith means complete trust or confidence in something or someone. Risk means a situation exposed to danger. Faith is not for the faint-hearted. It demands risk – a venture into the unknown. Yet, when you intimately know God, the risks transform into certainties, confidence, trust, and rest. Our faith may seem risky to the world, but when God is involved, we are assured that He will move.
Obedience Beyond Understanding
Real faith steps out in obedience, even when you don’t understand. In a generation that craves perfect alignment and lives in fear, we are called to be the risk-takers. Remember the lad who risked his lunch, and Jesus multiplied it to feed thousands. True faith thrives when faced with challenges bigger than ourselves.
The Little Lad’s Lunch
The lad’s seemingly insignificant lunch became the vessel for a miracle. If you take a risk and obey God, blessings will flow not only to you but also through you, impacting others. The little lad’s risk prevented 5,000 people from going hungry.
John 6:9-11 – “There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many? And Jesus said, Make the men sit down. Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand. And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would.”
Noah’s faith led him to build an ark in a world that had never seen rain. Like Noah, our faith may defy logic, but we must trust God’s instructions. Don’t let doubt, fear, or the opinions of others talk you out of your God-given mission.
Praying and Acting in Faith
Elijah’s story teaches us to pray with confidence, act with assurance, and speak with faith.He proclaimed a drought and after a few years, went up into a mountain to pray for rain. He prayed earnestly and seven times his servant went to see if the sky was full of clouds. Despite seeing only a small cloud about the size of a man’s hand, Elijah declared the coming rain. Stepping out in confidence is crucial; hear what God is saying, and then speak what that is in confidence.
A Father Who Never Forsakes: God’s Unfailing Love
In a world where earthly fathers may falter, our Heavenly Father never forsakes His children. Through tests and trials, He remains steadfast. Believe, and He will bring to completion what He started in your life.
Looking Beyond the Storm: Opportunities in Challenges
When fear engulfs you, recognize it as a precursor to a miracle. Amidst unseen struggles, look for opportunities to glorify God rather than drown in the storm.
In conclusion, the journey of faith is a series of taking risks and trusting in the Creator. Like so many Biblical examples, step out even when the destination is unclear, for true faith is an unwavering trust that God will guide, provide, and bring to fruition what He has started.
Faith demands risks. But knowing our God, He will do what He has promised and we have no need to fear. He is faithful.
Thank you for reading! If you would like to hear more stories and get a deeper understanding on this topic, click on the video below. I hope the rest of your day is wonderful and peaceful. God bless you!