When we say “I’m stepping out in faith,” do we really understand what that means? This is a statement that has been used by many but is often misunderstood. We make affirmations like these when we draw from scripture, but we often overlook what it means to walk by faith and not by sight. With the “name it and claim it” ideology, we can wrongfully attempt to declare our will to be God’s will.
For example, let’s say you’re employed at a job that you are growing weary of and you have an urge to leave and pursue other endeavors. In your mind this may be a leap step of faith. You may even pray about it fervently to seek counsel from the Lord. The issue is that often we forget or become too impatient to wait for God’s response. Many times we overlook the fact that prayer is a petition.
If we aren’t careful, we can easily make our conversations with God one-sided. After praying, you may decide to leave this job and justify the act by saying that God told you to. The problem is that your feelings and impulsivity may have made the decision for you, not God’s counsel.
Consider when Peter stepped out of the boat in Matthew to walk on the water to Jesus. It’s an awesome illustration of stepping out in faith. The thing we tend to overlook is that Peter did not take one step until Jesus said “Come.” When God tells you to do something, there is a 100% guarantee that it will be successful. Abraham also got a little uneasy when famine came to the land of Canaan so he abruptly left to Egypt thinking it would be a good move and it wasn’t.
Convenience is rarely the best choice. When you seek God in all things and await His counsel before moving on impulse, you get the accomplishment with the activity. Be patient and wait on the Lord. He won’t lead you astray.