“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see” - Hebrew 11:1 (NIV).
Taking steps of faith are evident in the lives of whoever walked with God. When the angel Gabriel appeared to both Mary and Joseph and told them of the conception of a baby Jesus through the Holy Spirit they had to take steps of faith and raise him (Mat 1:18-25, Luke 1-26- 38). Abraham had to take a step of faith when he was told of God, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. I will make you a great nation and I will bless you. So Abram went as the Lord told him” (Genesis 12:1-2).
“By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going” (Hebrews 11:8). The Apostle Paul went at great length to exhort believers to live by faith by listing all those who walked with God and how they had to exercise faith: Abel, Enoch, Noah etc. “And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson and Jephthah, about David and Samuel and the prophets, who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions” (Hebrews 11: 32).
Today you too the Lord might be calling you to take a step of faith in your personal life, studies, career or business, just as was the case before with those who walked with Him. Not everything is clear and the resources might be stretched. Yet to move to another level you have to take that step of faith.
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, today I pray to take that step of faith in the work you are calling me to, looking up to you, that you shall make all things possible as promised to they that believe, this I pray in Jesus’s name!
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“Who dares despise the day of small things, since the seven eyes of the Lord that range throughout the earth will rejoice when they see the chosen capstone in the hand of Zerubbabel” ( Zechariah 4:10).
The public life of King David is well known. However, there is an early aspect of his life quite hidden though we can get glimpse of it. The first time we get to know David he is a stay home kid while his big brothers are on to bigger stuff, like fighting with King Saul. “Jesse’s three oldest sons had followed Saul to the war: The firstborn was Eliab; the second, Abinadab; and the third, Shammah. David was the youngest. The three oldest followed Saul, but David went back and forth from Saul to tend his father’s sheep at Bethlehem” ( I Samuel 27:13-14).
Left home alone perhaps it was a time for David to bond with the old man Jesse. Maybe he sometimes felt idle and ignored. But there was something maturing in his life for the life ahead. For in the meantime as he would later point to King Saul once an opportunity availed itself, God was ironing out his CV. When he offered to take on Goliath and Saul hesitated, he quickly shot back: “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine” (vv 35-37).
That’s the point. What had apparent been idle moments God was preparing David for the battles ahead? He would not only emerge out of the shadow as a great warrior but also a shepherd of his people ever relying on God.
Equally so, for all of us, there are moments that might appear idle and we feel frustrated as we see the days go by. Yet, in His gentle ways, God is preparing us for great days ahead.
Prayer today: Lord Father God, maker of heaven and earth, for those periods in life of apparent inactivity and maybe trials, help me appreciate them as the maturing me, for in due time and season all will bear fruit, this I pray in Jesus’ name!