Faith To Not See
On yesterday, Monday, January 18, 2021, our nation commemorated the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. When you think of Dr. King, the first thing that comes to mind is, he was a great Civil Rights Leader who fought for change in the African American community. However, what we tend to forget is, Dr. King was also a Pastor and Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Dr. King’s nature, character, and philosophies were built on the foundation of the Chief Cornerstone. One would say that the quote which headlines our post today is a prime example of his revelation from the Word of God.
Hebrews 11:1, in The Living Bible Translation, reads, “What is faith? It is the confident assurance that something we want is going to happen. It is the certainty that what we hope for is waiting for us, even though we cannot see it up ahead.”
Part of our nature, as Believers in Christ, is to do, “Even when you don’t see the whole staircase” — “even though we cannot see it up ahead”.
God doesn’t call us to always know with our own consciousness what is ahead. He created us to be dependent upon Him, leaning not to our own understanding but in all our ways acknowledging Him to direct our paths.
To walk without faith is displeasing to God. For, Hebrews 11:6 reads, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”
Abraham took his first step without seeing the entire path. All he had was a promise from God and the faith to trust and believe in Him.
I’ll admit taking that first step can be intimidating. But sometimes, we have to go without knowing, realizing that there is joy in the unseen places.
Think of it this way. When someone brings you a present, you can’t see what’s inside the box. Nevertheless, you have a feeling that what’s inside will give great pleasure. But it’s not until you open the box (your first step) and reveal what’s on the inside (not seeing the whole staircase) that you experience great joy.
To what staircase has God called you? What has He appointed you to do in this season that’s going to take a bigger kernel of mustard seed faith?
Will you embrace the unknown? Or disregard it for the sake of remaining in your comfort zone?
My Challenge For You Today: Step out on faith and take the first step.
The Assurance: The reward is far greater than you can imagine.
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