Stepping Into the Unknown
I’ve been slowly reading through the Old Testament for the last several months. At the beginning, I wasn’t looking forward to many of the books like Leviticus, Numbers, and Judges. The heaviness in them appeared boring daunting, but I have been amazed at how much God has taught me about my heart, His character, and unrelenting love through dreaded books!
Something that stood out in several passages was how God would instruct His people to act and tell them that the result was already done. For example, in Numbers 21, God told Moses, “Do not fear him [King Og], for I have given him into your hand…”
Even armed with that knowledge, the people still had to move forward in faith. The blessing of witnessing God’s word come to fruition would be found in their acts of obedience.
So often this is true for us too. We have God’s word in hand. We read His promises. He has revealed His character and heart. Knowledge is essential, but application is key. Too often I hesitate to act, despite what I know to be true, because of what remains unknown to me.
I’m in a place where faith must be put to action. Our family has a large need. We don’t know the details of how God is going to provide. What we do know is that God will take care of us – that He already has! Jesus said, “Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor father into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Therefore do not be anxious” (Matthew 6: 26,31a).
Unlike us, God was not surprised by the events that are now penciled in our calendars. He was not caught unprepared by the realities we face. Whether this current plan of action we have is a means through which He intends to provide, I don’t know yet.
But, in the last seven days, God has opened doors that have left me in awe. He has done things I didn’t dare anticipate. It’s served as a powerful reminder that He establishes our steps before we ever know they will be taken (Proverbs 16:9)!
It doesn’t mean it will be easy, that it won’t require sacrifice, or that He won’t lead us in a different direction. It boils down to trusting God despite what still a mystery to me.
Where is God asking you to trust Him in obedience? He has told us all we need to know. Do we trust Him enough to take steps of faith into the unknown?
God, give us faith and courage to act!