Why are steps of faith so hard, especially at first? Why is it that so many of us don’t go, even when we think we’re suppose to? Even though we’re Christians, and we’re seeking God and asking His Spirit to guide us, and we feel something deep inside us that’s leading us to go and we earnestly believe it’s Him – what is it that keeps us from going? I can’t speak for you. But for me, when that happens, it’s because I’m afraid. I don’t always know what I’m afraid of but I’m afraid. I’m insecure. I’m not sure how it’s going to work out. I rationalize my way out of it, telling myself I can always do it later. After all, I am busy.
But those are just excuses. The bottom line is I don’t have faith. Here’s why that is such a big problem: “Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6). You want to please God. You believe He exists. You’ve been seeking Him. You’ve asked for His direction. Now you need to apply faith! Take that step, make a change, move outside your comfort zone, risk failing and starting over and exercise faith in the God who loves you so much He gave His Son for you.
Maybe you’re thinking, I just don’t think I have that kind of faith. I for sure don’t have the faith to finish something like what He’s calling me to. Then I have great news for you: you don’t have to have the faith to finish; you only have to have enough faith to start. You need only enough faith for one step: the very first one.
Take the first step of faith. Let God do the rest. He wants to anyway. This isn’t about you. It’s about Him. He’s the One telling the story of your life. He’s the Author. He’s the Perfecter of your faith.
Who knows where He’ll take your story if only you’ll let Him. Here’s how you can find out: take the first step, then just keep going. One day years from now, you’ll look back on your life and see the whole story. What’s it going to be?
“I felt like God was calling me, but I was afraid, so I did nothing”
Or will your story be, “I sensed God was calling me to do something, and even though it would have been easier to stay, by faith I went”?
You get to choose. Which will you pick? I pray that by faith you’ll have the courage to start a discipline that changes the direction of your story. I pray that by faith you will stop something that hinders your story from being what God wants it to be. I pray that by faith you will have the courage to stay the course and be faithful where you’ve been planted,. Even when it would be easier to throw in the towel and just walk away. And when the time is right and God calls you, I pray that you will find the faith to go, even when it would be easier to stay.
Just take the first step.