A New Step
There are times in our lives that God requires us to take a new step. A different step, to walk a path we’ve never walked before.
It’s easy to take this new step if the path you see has lots shady trees, friends, finance and all the other comforting things that cause one to believe dreams do come true.
Oh but, it’s another thing to watch that pathway and see dry, desert lands, with no oasis in sight.
The Questions, The Excuses
The questions come, the excuses come. You walk around the path, struggling with the decisions you know God wants you to take.
Don’t feel bad. I really doubt many people just smilingly shout an exuberant “Yes Lord, here am I” immediately.
Aren’t you glad God is not like us? Or our bosses, who would force us to say yes. Then they will stand behind us with a big stick to ensure we do what is demanded.
He’s such a kind patient Father. He waits on us. Actually, I think He waits us out. Because He knows our hearts.
He knows that when we struggle, we will eventually come back to Him to ask for strength to do what He calls us to do, because we really love Him.
God asks us to walk difficult paths
God asks us to walk these difficult paths so that we can build the character He needs us to have, to do the things He has called us to.
Don’t think for a minute you’re alone in this. In the same way, Abraham had to take a new step and walk into a different place. He had to leave his family and all that he knew, and go to a place he didn’t know. Yet, he said “Yes” to God.
Many others had to walk a new pathway: Moses, King Saul, the disciples and the Apostle Paul, just to name a few.
God will never ask us to do something we can do in our own strength. He will always ask for us to stretch just a little further which requires us to depend totally on Him to walk that path with us and show us the way.
He will also send people our way to encourage us and to give us direction. Most importantly, His gracious Holy Spirit will never leave our sides as we obey Him.
In 1 Samuel 10 – Samuel prophesied to Saul that if he obeyed God, he would receive a sign from God proving that God is with him. Verse 9 says
and it was so, that when he had turned his back to go from Samuel, God gave him another heart: and all those signs came to pass that day.
Don’t lose heart or hope.
If God has called you to walk a difficult pathway today, I encourage you to keep trusting in Him to show you every step of the way.
Don’t lose heart or hope. God who calls also equips us for each step and season.
Hebrews 13:20-21 Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will. And may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all, Amen.