Big Faith, Little Steps

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I awoke that morning like other mornings, a little groggy and wondering if I had more time to sleep. I then jolted wide awake remembering that it was THE day. It was the first day of the first leg of my journey to move overseas. 

As I said some goodbyes that day, people were curious how I was feeling. Was I excited/nervous/scared/sad/happy? In truth I felt no intense emotions that day. My friend said, “Maybe you just know that today is the day. It’s time. It’s natural. What is there to be emotional about?” 

“It was by faith that Abraham offered Isaac as a sacrifice when God was testing him. Abraham, who had received God’s promises, was ready to sacrifice his only son, Isaac, even though God had told him, ‘Isaac is the son through whom your descendants will be counted.’ Abraham reasoned that if Isaac died, God was able to bring him back to life again. And in a sense, Abraham did receive his son back from the dead.”

Hebrews 11:17-19

The story of Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice Isaac always makes me uncomfortable. Why would God ask such a thing and how could Abraham obey. If I were in his shoes could I have obeyed? What if he asks me to do something crazy like that? Perhaps you’re feeling anxious right now, wondering if He’ll ask you to do something crazy like move overseas. We must remember that Abraham had been walking with the Lord for years before he was asked to do this. He had spent time learning to both trust and obey the Lord. 

I’m learning that following Jesus is made up of small, day to day steps of faith. In reality, the first day of my journey was just another day, another chance to follow Him like I had been following Him each day for years. Faith is a daily journey. That particular day meant leaving family and friends for an extended time but it was just one step in a succession of lots of other steps. If we take those daily steps, the bigger ones feel less like leaps. 

I recently noticed in Hebrews the variety of acts of faith that were commended. Abel offered a sacrifice. Noah built a boat. Sarah gave birth in her old age. Abraham left his birth country and offered his son as a sacrifice. Isaac and Jacob blessed their sons. Each person’s degree of obedience looked different. Building a boat seems like a greater leap than blessing one’s sons but both required the person to exercise their faith, to take the step in front of them.

Think about: What is God calling you to do today?

Prayer: Father, thank you for proving yourself trustworthy by crushing your Son for my sake. Please help me to both trust and obey you as I exercise my faith today. Show me what my next step is and give me the strength to take it. 

/CandaceSmith

River Community Church