Devotional

“Yet we know that a person is made right with God by faith in Jesus Christ, not by obeying the law. And we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we might be made right with God because of our faith in Christ, not because we have obeyed the law. For no one will ever be made right with God by obeying the law.” – Galatians 2:16. 

Sometimes the big scary moments in a person’s life aren’t the ones that happen while they are watching a horror film, they’re the ones that happen as part of life. Riding a bike for the first time, the first day of school, the first date, the first day of work, getting married, having children. Taking a step of faith and fostering or adopting a child can all be big scary moments. Most people have faced several of the “big, scary moments.” Even though they’re all different, they’re almost the same. It takes an act of faith to face your fears and move forward. That is exactly what happened in the movie Instant Family. They took a step of faith into the unknown. 

The Israelites had taken a step of faith when they left Egypt, but now they were complaining en masse against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness. “If only the Lord had killed us back in Egypt,” they moaned. “There we sat around pots filled with meat and ate all the bread we wanted. But now you have brought us into this wilderness to starve us all to death.” (Exodus 16:3)

The Israelites were having a scary moment as they wandered through the wilderness or desert. But they were also learning how to walk in the way of the Lord, and it wasn’t the easiest thing they’d ever done. They saw no reason to go further. In their opinion, there was no way that God could provide enough food to meet their needs in one of the most non-productive stretches of desert in the world. Have you ever sensed God prompting you to action, and deep in the heart you really want to obey, but fear stands in your way? 

God taught them a lesson, not only for them but for all of us who are worried about taking a step of faith. The lesson was and is today, that God provides what we need in order to take the next step of faith. And that is true no matter how difficult that step may seem. It probably did seem unlikely that all the Israelites could be fed, but God provided manna. Every morning they rolled out of bed and gathered enough to eat for the day. Thus they continued their journey. In the same way, God will provide what we need if the Spirit prompts us to take a step of faith. 

Stepping out of faith sounds easy, but it means leaving our comfort zone and facing our deepest fears. The path ahead may seem frightening, especially when you do not have all of the answers. Often, our lack of faith hinders us from stepping out with full dependence on Him. But God calls us to trust Him and step out in faith.  

Discussion Questions:

  1. What are the barriers to doing something every day that requires faith?
  2. What can we do this week to overcome those barriers?