Parents get excited when they see their baby trying to walk. Do you think God feels the same way when we try to walk by faith? We probably look awkward like a baby taking its first steps. But that’s neither here nor there, we both have to learn to walk.
Therefore, to help the baby learn, every independent step the infant takes, the parent moves back a little more to encourage more steps. At times God will allow moves that will test our faith’s stability.
Each wobbly-rickety step of faith is an accomplishment.
Don’t worry; just like the parent is there to help when the baby falls, our Father is right there to help us. It doesn’t matter how fidgety our steps are; what is important and pleasing to our Father is the fact that we are trying to walk by faith.
The enemy will tell us we don’t have the faith that is needed to overcome the trials that we face. Once again, he is lying! A baby is not expected to walk in a marathon, no more than we’re expected to walk flawlessly by faith. Even the most ardent Christians find it difficult to step out on what seems to be impossible. Case in point: Jesus’ disciples witnessed the power of His miracles first hand; and still found it hard, at times, to walk by faith.
Walking by faith is an arduous process that is developed over time.
Previous hurdles that we go through are stepping stones leading us closer to Christ. As we take more and more of these steps, our faith grows as we remember how we made it through in the past.
Take David for example when he defeated Goliath. He witnessed God’s faithfulness when he was able to step out and kill a lion and a bear. Those heroic feats prepared him for the day when he defeated Goliath. (1 Samuel 17) As it turned out, David not only had the confidence to confront the giant, but he run towards him.
And it came to pass, when the Philistine arose, and came and drew nigh to meet David, that David hasted, and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine. (v. 48)
Prior steps are ammunition for the future.
As the years passed by, the baby who was learning to walk—now runs. As we go from faith-to-faith, our walk becomes sturdier along the way.
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