That Leap of Faith
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
It was like a sucker-punch. I was reading a sweet little devotional when the words, “Worry is a sin” jumped off the page and slapped me. (I think I audibly gasped.) Devotionals are supposed to be affirming, not accusatory! While I understand the concept, to say it is a sin is a little beyond my comfort level. I mean, how can you NOT worry sometimes? I understand we are supposed to trust God for every outcome, but... And that’s as far as I can get with my argument before it fizzles in the light of God’s Truth. Regardless of how uncomfortable it may make me, or how much I dislike having to admit it…worry is wrong because it is impossible to trust God and worry.
It all comes down to what we believe about God’s love. In principal, I believe God’s promises in the Bible are absolutely true. But I am ashamed to say my reality doesn’t always match that principal. Admittedly, total reliance on God has often been my last resort, only because I was stuck and could not do anything else. I did what He asked because there was obviously something I needed to learn, and I did not want to take another lap. But when I had to rely on Him, it didn't feel like trust; it was more like reluctant obedience because I had no other choice. I have made a colossal mess of things by taking matters into my own hands so many times that I finally learned not to do it again. “My way” hurts too much, even though it seems like the best thing to do at the time. The easy way is seldom God’s way because all we learn is how to run from our troubles. And fyi...troubles can be like school yard bullies, if you stand up to them, they suddenly lose some of their power over you.
God knows what is best. The problem is, we don’t always want things to happen God's way. We have our idea of the perfect result all figured out in our minds, but God seldom does things the way we think they should be done. In fact, sometimes His way is downright scary.
The Bible says, “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:9, NIV) Blind trust is hard, but that is what we are called to do. However, the better you know God, the easier it is to trust Him. When we truly know, in the deepest part of our heart, that God loves us, it is easier to trust that His way really is the best. As I like to say, God sees our lives from above the maze.
Do you have a job you know you need to leave, but it provides a measure of security and helps you afford the lifestyle you have chosen? Is there a relationship that you know you need to walk away from that is drawing you away from God rather than enhancing your relationship with Him? Is there something you just can’t stop doing because you are too weak to stop, or you fear you’ll be ridiculed, lose friendships, be uncomfortable – or you may even lose who you are? Those may be indications that God is calling you to a higher place; a closer walk with Him. If He is prompting you to make a change…pray about it and trust Him. The answer may not come immediately, but when it does, if you will trust Him, you may be amazed at what happens. Take that leap of faith and He'll either catch you, or He'll give you wings. Sometimes it is as simple as just saying, “God, I want to do it Your way. Help me…”
Prayer: Father God, thank you for loving us even when we fail to trust You. Give us courage when we are afraid, and strength to do what You are calling us to do. Draw us closer, help us feel Your reassurance as we step out in faith, believing that You truly will walk every step of the way with us, and even carry us, if necessary. Help us know in the depths of our hearts that Your plans truly are for our good; and give us Your perspective when we cannot see beyond our momentary circumstances. We love You, believe in You, and choose right now to trust You, in Jesus’ name, amen.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6
“As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.” 2 Samuel 22:31
“As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.” Psalm 18:30
“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” Matthew 6:25-26
“But Jesus looked at them and said to them, ‘With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.’” Matthew 19:26