One Step at a Time
“Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.”- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
I was captivated a couple of years ago when Nik Wallenda walked across the Grand Canyon on a tight wire. I was nervous the whole time he was on that wire. He took each and every step so carefully and ultimately arrived at the other end safely. I knew his family had a long tradition of doing this sort of thing successfully so at some level I think I had faith that he could make the walk safely.
The faith that I had in Wallenda being successful is not an example of me placing my faith in Nik Wallenda. A firsthand faith would be me believing in him so much that I would get in a wheelbarrow and allow him to push me across the tight wire as he walked it. It is the same principle as believing an airplane can fly but placing my faith in that airplane involves me getting on board for a flight.
Life can be very challenging and treacherous. As Christians, we are commanded in Proverbs “to trust in the Lord and lean not on our own understanding.” It is human nature to want to be able to see what lies ahead and be able to make decisions with certainty. However, that is just not the way that life happens. Nor is it the way God designed for us to live. God wants to bring us, as His children, to the place that we wholly trust Him one step at a time.
We operate with a divided heart when we rely on ourselves and then only run to God when the bottom falls out. God would rather us totally depend on Him for each step we take. Why shouldn’t we rely on Him? When you think about it, He is completely trustworthy. I have seen Him come through so many times in my life. You and I have seen His faithfulness firsthand. That begs the question, why would we not wholly trust Him?
We are never going to be able to see everything that lies on the road ahead. We must take life one step at a time. As I look back on Nik Wallenda’s walk, he took each step that day very carefully and prayerfully. I was blown away by how he prayed, praised, and trusted God as he crossed the Grand Canyon. What a life lesson for all of us! I am convinced that this is how God wants us to approach our lives each and every step.
What do you have your faith in today? Are you praying, praising, and trusting God each and every step we take? There is no need for us to live unsettled or divided lives. We can find true hope and confidence for living in a completely faithful and trustworthy God.
Hebrews 11:1 declares: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” My prayer is that we would have the kind of faith in God that we trust Him completely even when we cannot see what the future holds.