22970.009 The Next Faith Step

We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps.
(Proverbs 16:9)

Where do you go from here? Perhaps you are the kind of person who likes to plan everything out. You want to know the exact route to your destination and make sure you have everything you need before you embark on your way. Or maybe you are a free spirit who feels comfortable letting life happen without much forethought.

God wants you to walk by faith into your future with him. What does that mean? You will not know exactly where the road will take you. And you will not be able to count on your resources or abilities to get you to your destination. And the destination that you have chosen may even be changed!

2 Corinthians 5:7 tells us “For we walk by faith not by sight” (BSB). God wants you to walk into the future knowing that he is by your side and trusting in his goodness. He is your guide companion provider and protector. He wants you to trust him because you know him and have a history of adventures with him. You don’t know what the future holds. You don’t know what lies around the next bend of life. But he does. And he is committed to caring for you as you walk the road together.

“God uses our most stumbling, faltering faith-steps as the open-door to His doing for us ‘more than we ask or think’.”
—Catherine Marshall

It’s true that the journey ahead of you might be longer than you wish. You may go through dark valleys. There might be detours and cliffs on either side of the road. Whatever the case may be, it’s okay. If you just do the next step you will get there. Are you feeling nervous right now? Discouraged even? Trust that God hasn’t forgotten you. He’s right here with you—listening to you loving you desiring a closer relationship with you. Lean on his Word and his understanding in times of seeming hopelessness and he will provide you with the love strength and encouragement you need to take the next step.

God is more capable and involved in guiding your steps and orchestrating your circumstances than you can imagine. King Solomon wrote, “A person’s steps are directed by the LORD. How then can anyone understand their own way?” (Proverbs 20:24)

Take your next step by faith, knowing that God will redirect you if necessary. You can go forward with this assurance: “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged” (Deuteronomy31:8).

So, what is your next decision to make? What is the next step to take? Whatever it is, do it. God will be there with you. He is your partner on this life journey.