Lately, more than ever, I’ve heard so many stories of people (including myself) wanting to step out on faith & start businesses, take risks, make some leaps of faith, etc. I can’t speak for others, but for me, it’s not necessarily fear as much as it is a thought process of questioning whether or not this step of faith is responsible. Or am I really equipped for this?
This morning I was reading in Exodus 14, and the Holy Spirit ministered through the Israelites crossing the Red Sea. I love verses 13-14, but verses 15-20 really ministered to me today.
“The Lord said to Moses, ‘Why do you cry out to me? Tell the people of Israel to go forward.”
1. The Lord is asking us today, “Why are you swaying? Have you come all the way to the edge only to be frozen in fear? I’ve created the provision for you. I know what the circumstance looks like. Step out, anyway. Move forward.”
“Lift up your staff, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it, that the people of Israel may go through the sea on dry ground.”
2. What is in your hand? Start with it. He will bless the works of your hands. “Do not despise the day of small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin,” (Zechariah 4:10) Not only will He create the miracle in your life, but because of your obedience, you will pave the way for the people who will come behind you. (SIDE NOTE: I’ve read this story plenty of times, and noticed it said “dry ground,” but it never clicked until this morning.. Can we take a second to take in the fact that dry ground meant that there was NO dampness from the sea? & that no sand was sticking to the bottom of their shoes? The Lord took every ounce of water, as they walked out in faith.)
“And the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I have gotten glory over Pharaoh, his chariots, and his horsemen.”
3. Unbelievers are watching you move, & in the end, they’ll know the true living God.
“Then the angel of God who was going before the host of Israel moved and went behind them, and the pillar of cloud moved from before them and stood behind them, coming between the host of Egypt and the host of Israel….. and it lit up the night without one coming near the other.”
4. The LORD is saying to each of us today, “I am coming up the rear, guarding you against your enemies. I am the barrier between what I’ve promised you, and what is trying to hold you back. There is nothing to fear. I will light the way. Keep moving forward”
So, I encourage you today, in whatever the circumstance, STEP OUT. Take the leap!