Did you ever catch hoof-and-mouth disease? Foot inserted into mouth? I’m pretty sure we all have.
I remember once, at a party, asking a woman (whom I did not know) when her baby was due. Ugh! You know the rest! That’s when you want the floor to open up and swallow you whole or have a fly-over by STARS (surface-to-air recovery system for retrieving persons on the ground used by the CIA, Air Force, and Navy) to jerk you right up through the ceiling with their hook!
Or how about this: Have you ever stuck your foot into something new? And no, I don’t mean a new pair of shoes. I mean a new endeavor, a new area, a new undertaking? Maybe something unknown, out of your comfort zone? I once wrote about stepping into the unknown as a New Year’s post.
Did you wait for God to provide the gumption to embark on the task? To wait to feel strong is cowardice; to push on in fear shows trust in the Lord. God only provides strength for the task when we step out into the task.
Without the Lord, we can nothing anyway, as He said, “Because apart from Me you can accomplish nothing.” (John 15:5 New English Translation) Therefore, we press forward. So, if He desires that we move forward, then He will be with us, each and every step of the way.
Joshua told the Israelites, “Today you will know that the living God is among you. He will surely drive out” all the enemy Ites “ahead of you.” (Josh. 3:10 NLT) “The ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earth is crossing over before you into the Jordan.” (Josh. 3:11 NKJV)
In another post, I wrote about one new area the Lord nudged me into…writing! I stepped out as Abraham did, “He went without knowing where he was going” (Heb. 11:8b NLT) It was my first blog post. I stepped out into those intimidating waters of writing, having no clue where it would take me. Here is a portion:
He does not part the waters of any barrier until I take that first step forward, as the priests did at the river Jordan, “As soon as the priests who carried the ark reached the Jordan and their feet touched the water’s edge, the water from upstream stopped flowing. It piled up in a heap.” (Josh. 3:15-16a NIV)
When I hesitate, standing on the river bank, I find no comfort or peace. Only when I dare to push on in faith into that rushing river and cross over to the other side does God make His power and resources available on my behalf.
When a rushing-river circumstance exists between you and a command of God, what do you do? Do you stick with what is safe, remaining on the banks of the river, or do you step out in faith, putting your foot in the waters?
If we never take a chance and forge ahead in faith, the writer of Hebrews tells us that “without faith it is impossible to please God.” (Heb 11:6 NIV)
Whatever frightening task lays before you, the Lord, whose covenant lives within you, will go with you and go before you. All you have to do is just step into it! Whatever it is. Whatever the Lord is asking you to do. The circumstantial waters will be parted for you.
Yeah, I know, sometimes you step out and right into a smelly pile, but sometimes you just have to step into a smelly pile before you can come out smelling like…like a gardenia!
Would these words be true of your life, “And He did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith.” (Matt. 13:58 NIV)
When it seems beyond your power to do a certain thing…dare to believe and obey the Lord. Assurance and blessing will follow.
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