Step Out!

“The Lord said to Moses, “Why do you cry to me? Tell the people of Israel to go forward. Lift up your staff, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it, that the people of Israel may go through the sea on dry ground” — Exodus 14:15-16.

Israel had left Egypt after over 400 years in captivity. Picture the relief and joy of freedom, and the expectations of a completely new life.

Step Out

The call to step out

But Pharaoh wasn’t done with them — he would make a last attempt to bring them back to servitude. You know the story; the Egyptian chariots (and their riders) drowned and God wrought an incredible miracle. It was a complete victory!

But Exodus 14:15 has a vital lesson. Israel was completely overtaken by fear when they saw the enemy on their heels. They ran out of ideas and cried to Moses, who in turn cried out to God. The response?

“Tell the people of Israel to go forward.” — vs 15.

Do you feel stuck in your situation? Are you helplessly waiting for a sign from heaven that has refused to come? Maybe there’s one thing you have not considered doing: GO FORWARD.

Risk is right. ‘Waiting on God’ is not a Christian excuse for not taking actions. Sometimes we hold back and don’t act our faith. We hold back and assume God has not answered our prayers. But He already did.

“Before they call I will answer; while they are yet speaking I will hear” — Isaiah 65:24

Growth happens when we step out… in faith

The Christian life is faith-filled. It wasn’t enough for Israel or Moses to cry out to God. God was calling them into a new dimension of faith; one they weren’t familiar with. And sometimes, God calls us into that level, where He wants us to act on purpose.

Taking a step of faith should not be mistaken to mean acting presumptuously. On the contrary, it’s actually God’s way of building our faith.

If we don’t step out of our comfort zone, growth can never happen. Click to share this.

One of my favourite posts is Convenience Makes No Sense. When God was calling me to quit my job security and step into a career path that require trusting Him each day a time, it was difficult.

Over the past nine months, I’ve experienced significant personal growth because I chose to step out.

Will you go forward today?

Don’t feel stuck in your dilemma. After all prayer and fasting is done, maybe it’s time to make the move. Abraham didn’t understand the full picture when God called him out of his hometown to a journey that would change the entire human race.

Your journey might just turn out to be bigger than you think. But that will never happen unless you take the first step.

Question: What’s the biggest fear factor that keeps you from stepping out in faith?

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About Joseph Iregbu

I'm a writer, purpose guy, speaker and business consultant. My passion is to help people live with purpose and not waste their lives. I live in the UK with my wife, Temi and our gorgeous Isabel Juda. Let's connect on Twitter and Facebook.

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