I sense you calling me into something new. But… can you give me a few more details, a sneak peek so that I can know for sure?
This may not be our exact prayer, but we’ve all at least thought it!
Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase,” and Stormie Omartain has written an entire book called, “Just Enough Light for the Step I’m On”. Both speak to our desperate desire of wanting to know more than we do about the places God is taking us.
As Christians we know that faith is the confidence in what we hope for and assurance of what we don’t yet see. (Hebrews 1:11) We know we are supposed to have that kind of faith, but most of us would love a glimpse into the future to give us the confidence we need to step into the new places God leads us to.
The truth is, sometimes God gives us a sneak peek and sometimes He requires blind faith. This week I believe He gave me a sneak peek through the story of Joshua sending over two spies to check out Jericho. (Joshua 2) If you find yourself at the threshold of something new keep reading.
As two million people sat on the bank of the Jordan gathering their supplies and waiting for God’s word to move, Joshua was secretly waiting for a report of what to expect once they got there. Three days later he got the report. The two spies told a tale of the walled off city, a prostitute named Rehab who unexpectedly protected them, of hiding for three days undetectable by their enemy and ultimately of the fear their enemy had about their impending arrival. Joshua received the glimpse he needed for the confidence to step out in faith.
If you find yourself sitting on the bank waiting for a report before you take the next big step I believe this story holds the sneak peek you need to step out in confidence. Below is the report God has given on your next step.
Here’s your sneak peek into the future as told by the two spies:
- Yes, the place God is taking you is walled off by your enemy. But… THERE ISN’T A WALL GOD CAN’T BRING DOWN IF IT’S WHERE HE IS TAKING YOU! God has a plan to get you in and He is able to hide you in unexpected ways. The spies never dreamed God would use a prostitute to help them. You and I can’t even imagine how He will orchestrate our help.
- While the enemy has issued a “seek and destroy” order on our mission, God will hide us from his efforts. It’s no coincidence the spies were hidden for three days undetectable by their enemy. Think about… Jesus was dead for three days and it looked like the enemy won- but three days later He rose from the dead conquering sin and death. While our enemy would love to seek and destroy our mission, he is fighting a losing battle. AS YOU AND I STEP TOWARD THE THINGS GOD CALLS US TO, WE HAVE TO REMEMBER… THE ENEMY IS ALREADY DEFEATED AND HE KNOWS IT! No matter how close he gets to us, we are under God’s protection.
- Our next move is bigger than we think. You and I are such small thinkers. We are so focused on the here and now that we fail to see God’s bigger picture. OUR NEXT MOVE – OUR EVERY STEP- IS ABOUT MORE THAN JUST US! The spies went to check out their competition, or so they thought. Their real mission was to bring salvation to a prostitute and her family. Yes, God takes us to new places. And in those places He expects us to bring the message of His salvation to those who are marked for destruction.
If you have been waiting for a sneak peek before you take a step into the unknown place you sense God leading you, here it is…
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Matthew 28:19
It’s the great commission most of us omit from our decision making process. We want to see the safety of our next step and God wants us to see the greater mission in that step.
Go ahead- take the step – God’s got your back! But… don’t lose sight of the real reason He’s moving you up the ladder. When you get there don’t be tempted to view it as just your next step to a bigger better thing. There’s a purpose for each step and lost souls along the way. God is positioning you in places to bring hope to those marked for destruction.
Let’s step out together. If you’ve been waiting for the green light share a comment of how this message has encouraged you to take the next step.
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