Have you ever taken a step of faith? If you’re a Christian, then the answer, without any doubt, has to be “Yes!” Whenever we take a step of faith, we’re stepping into unknown territory, which is difficult. We leave the known for the unknown. 

When you think about your life and the things you daily do, how do you feel about them? Do you feel stuck in a rut of going to the same job and doing the same things? Do you feel like today is like yesterday, and tomorrow will probably be the same? Some people like to do the same things every day. It’s a form of stability. 

Woes of Stability

Stability can be good, and it can be bad. That might seem somewhat counterintuitive, thinking of stability as something bad. Allow me to give an example. 

When the Israelites were slaves in Egypt, they had stable lives. They were well-fed and knew every day what was expected of them. They had places to live and secure jobs. As slaves, they knew if they didn’t do their jobs well, they could be beaten and perhaps even killed. However, they did have stable jobs with consistent housing and plenty of food. 

A common theme we see in the book of Exodus is Israel looking back. Whenever they run into difficulty, their immediate response is to lament the current problem and look covetously back at their slavery in Egypt. 

Didn’t we say to you in Egypt, ‘Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians’? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!”

Exodus 14:12 (NIV)

The Israelites were more comfortable with the bondage they knew instead of walking in faith to freedom. When we consider their position, it makes a certain degree of sense that they might think they had made a mistake. Perhaps the first time they complain. That’s what we see here in Exodus 14:12. They’ve just left Egypt and are blocked by the Red Sea, with the Egyptians closing in on them. However, what happens here?

That day the Lord saved Israel from the hands of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians lying dead on the shore. And when the Israelites saw the mighty hand of the Lord displayed against the Egyptians, the people feared the Lord and put their trust in him and in Moses his servant.

Exodus 14:30-31 (NIV)

The Red Sea is parted, the Israelites pass through it, and the Egyptian army is swallowed up and drowned. God delivered them, and they should be happy. They should never look backward to Egypt again. 

Shortly after the parting of the Red Sea, the Israelites are walking through the desert, are thirsty, and arrive at the springs of Marah, where the water is too bitter to drink. Moses cries out to the Lord and is directed to throw a piece of wood into the water, and it is made sweet to drink. The Israelites are happy for a moment (cf. Exodus 15:22-27).

The Israelites leave their camp at Marah and head off into the Desert of Sin, about a month and a half after leaving Egypt. They’ve seen the Lord part the sea, cleanse the water at Marah and deliver them out of the hands of the Egyptians with ten plagues. About this time, the desert was taking its toll on them and their livestock, so they, once again, grumbled. 

The Israelites said to them, “If only we had died by the Lord’s hand in Egypt! There we sat around pots of meat and ate all the food we wanted, but you have brought us out into this desert to starve this entire assembly to death.”

Exodus 16:3 (NIV)

There they are, wanting the stability they had in Egypt and wishing they had been killed by the plagues of the Lord instead of slowly dying in the desert. Once again, looking back instead of looking up at God. They longed for a comfort zone of slavery versus the uncertainty of walking in faith with God. 

Faithful Steps

As Christians, we are no longer in the bondage of slavery. We’ve left that comfort zone. We have stepped into a new life guided by the Lord. A life that requires us to take steps of faith. Taking steps of faith is hard. Every time we take a step of faith, we go where we haven’t been before. We might feel naked and vulnerable because we’ve left a comfort zone. Even when we’re walking in faith, the new steps aren’t easy. However, what we need to remember is the place of comfort that we’re coming from, we got to by walking in faith. And those steps in faith that got us to that place of comfort in God were also scary and hard. Yet, we made it. God got us through the feelings of nakedness and vulnerability at that time. He will do so again.

If we only walked in the comfort of our faith, then how could our faith grow? It can only grow by taking new steps. 

In 2018 I moved away from the comfort zone I had in Santa Barbara, California, to Sacramento, California. When I lived in Santa Barbara, I had a stable life. For the most part, I knew what I would be doing every day. The same thing I did the day before. Every since I moved here to Sacramento, my life hasn’t felt very stable. While the daily tasks don’t seem very different, it’s all very different. I used to look at my life as a repeat of the same day that extended into years. What would I be doing a year from now? About the same thing I’m doing today. On one hand, I liked that. On the other hand, I felt like I was in prison. Trapped and not growing. 

Moving to Sacramento was a huge step of faith for me, and ever since I’ve gotten here, I haven’t stopped walking in faith, and it’s not easy. I look back at this day last year, and I’m not where I thought I’d be today. I’m taking steps of faith I’d never thought I’d take. After graduating from University 13 years ago, I’ve returned. I’m doing things contrary to the logic of the world but fit in with a walk of faith. This walk is frightening. I wake up every day in fear and anxiety, wondering if today is the day I will stumble, and fall. While I hate waking up feeling like that, it helps me to lean more heavily on the Lord than I ever have. 

It’s also very exciting. Not really knowing what tomorrow will bring, but looking forward to it all the same. 

So there you have it. My catharsis of faith for today. Sharing a word from the Lord through me, to you. I know I’ve been strengthened in my faith today, as I take naked and vulnerable steps into the future in faith, knowing the Lord brought me here, not to fail, but to live and proclaim what He has done! 

Do you know God? God knows you, and He loves you. He sees you as significant because you are. No one is insignificant to Him. He’s with you today, right now, and He wants you to know Him. Jesus died for your sins and mine so we could be free of guilt, be freed from death, and live eternally with Him. Eternal salvation is just a prayer away. 

Pray this prayer with me to accept the gift of salvation today:

Lord Jesus, forgive me for all my sins. I repent from my ways. Wash me in your blood and cleanse me from all unrighteousness. I believe that you died on the cross, were buried, and on the third day, God the Father raised you from the dead. Right now, Lord Jesus, I open the door to my heart, and I receive you into my heart as my Lord and personal Savior. Amen.

If you prayed that prayer, then congratulations! You are on the first step of a brand new life. Allow me to be the first to welcome you to my family, the family of God. There are abundant resources available online for new Christians. You can visit here for more information on what to do next. You can also leave me a comment, and I’ll do my best to help you on the next step of this incredible journey.