What Can Happen When We Step Out In Faith

Stepping out in faith is never easy. While it may feel intimidating to take that step, not knowing what will come of it, we can rest assured that whatever it costs us to go forward in faith, will always pale in comparison to the incredible blessings God has in store for us, waiting on the other side of our fears.

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Jeremiah 17:7-8 spells out these blessings reserved for those who put their confidence in God saying, "But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream.
  • It does not fear when heat comes; 
  • its leaves are always green. 
  • It has no worries in a year of drought
  • never fails to bear fruit.

King Saul’s son, Jonathan, had the utmost faith in God. He was fed up with the Philistines continually oppressing his people, the Israelites. Though the Philistines greatly outnumbered the Israelites, and had superior weaponry, Jonathan knew something needed to be done, and the sooner the better. So Jonathan suggested to his armor bearer that they go over to the Philistine camp and attack them.

It was a given that the odds were greatly against them, however, Jonathan reasoned, “Perhaps the LORD will act in our behalf. Nothing can hinder the LORD from saving, whether by many or by few.” (1 Samuel 14:6) Jonathan was confident that God could wipe out the Philistines whether they were attacked by two Israelites or twenty thousand. It didn’t matter that the odds were against Israel. God was bigger than the odds. And because God was for Israel,  if anyone was outnumbered it was the Philistines.

Chuck Smith exclaims, “I love this logic. God doesn’t need people at all, so if He is for us, He doesn’t need the whole army to win His battles. It’s no problem for God to work with many or with few. We just need God to work.”1

 Notice that Jonathan and his armor bearer went up to the Philistines before they received confirmation from the Lord that they were to fight them. To know for sure if God wanted to use them to take out the Philistines, Jonathan told his armor bearer, "Come, then; we will cross over toward the men and let them see us.  If they say to us, 'Wait there until we come to you,' we will stay where we are and not go up to them.  But if they say, 'Come up to us,' we will climb up, because that will be our sign that the LORD has given them into our hands." (1 Samuel 14:8-10)

As soon as the Philistines called to Jonathan and his armor bearer, "Come up to us and we'll teach you a lesson." Jonathan had no doubt God was going to miraculously give him and his armor bearer the victory. And sure enough, just as Jonathan believed, God used Jonathan and his armor bearer to wipe out an impressive number of Philistines.

Regarding Jonathan stepping out in faith, Chuck Smith goes on to say, “To me that is exciting, and I do it all the time. I step out in faith to see what God might want to do. I love it. Sometimes I find out that God doesn’t want to do something. That’s all right, too. But there are those times when God does want to do something exciting; and I love making myself available, just in case it is one of those times.

What are you up against today? Are you feeling discouraged by the odds against you? Prayerfully consider taking a step out in faith today, trusting God to do an amazing work in your circumstances. Whether God does a noticeable work or not,  by stepping out in faith, you are sure to be blessed (Jer. 17:7-8)  Whenever I need a nudge to help me take that first step, I am always encouraged and inspired by those listed in Hebrews 11 Hall of Faith, whose godly examples all began with a single step of faith. Every time I read of all those examples of faith, I am so grateful that each person mentioned in Hebrews 11 chose to take that first, all-important step of faith. Not only did stepping out in faith change their life, but it's changed ours too. That's what faith can do.

P.S. An incredible book on faith that I've read and love is Chuck Smith's, "Faith."
Check it out. You'll love it!


Question for you: How do you move past your fears and step out in faith?



1. Smith, Chuck. The Word For Today Bible, © 2005 Thomas Nelson, pg. 367.

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27 comments:

  1. You asks: 'How do you move past your fears and step out in faith?'

    This is a great question. I am writing for my blog about my fears and I am so glad I can write: Jesus was in my fears. He lifted me up. I'll post the first one this week, I think. Thank you for this interesting blog with beautiful biblical lesson in.

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    1. Thanks, Jedidja! Glad this blessed you! I look forward to reading your post on fears. God bless you richly!

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  2. I haven't read that book yet but I really appreciate the review and the quote. I'll check it out!

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    1. Helene, glad you enjoyed this! Pastor Chuck Smith is one of my favorite Bible teachers. His books are wonderful! God bless you lots!

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  3. Sounds like an inspiring book. I've not heard of it, but now I'll be on the watch for it. Thanks, Brooke! I'm encouraged now to step out in faith for something today.

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    1. It certainly has inspired me. So happy this encouraged you! God bless you abundantly, Lisa!

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  4. The Jeremiah passage is a great one for me to read today. Yes, may my confidence be in Him.
    (next to you at Playdates with God!)

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    1. Thanks, Melanie! Glad you enjoyed this! Thanks for visiting! God bless you much!

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  5. He doesn't need us, but He delights in the ones He has called.
    Thanks for your thoughts on fears and faith and confidence in the One who has called us. Clinging to 2 Tim 1:7 these days.

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    1. Yes, Rebekah! He doesn't need us, but oh what a joy and honor it is when He uses us and allows us to be part of the great work He is doing. Great go-to verse! God bless you lots!

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  6. I just have to remember that He is God and I am not. I can do all things through HIm!

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    1. Jen, I love Philippians 4:13! I taught that to my 2 1/2 year old when she was struggling putting on her shoes. After saying it to her enough times in her toddler moments of frustration, when she'd pout "I can't do it!" about a month later she was having a difficult time doing something and all of a sudden she joyfully blurted out, "Oh, I know! I can do ALL things through Christ who gives me strength!" Just then God enabled her to do what she had been struggling with. He is so faithful! God bless you richly!

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  7. I am trying to figure out the answer to that questions right now :) It is easy to say that I have faith with words, but when trials come, to believe and act on that faith has proved much more difficult...thank you for the great words to think on today :)

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    1. God will be faithful to show you the answers you need in His Word. I agree, trusting in God is easier said than done. Not because He is not totally worthy of our trust. He is 100% worthy of our trust. I think the struggle we face is when we are in a trial: remembering who God is in light of our trials, what He has promised us, and resting in His past faithfulness to us. If my eyes are on my problems instead of God's promises, hindering my ability to remember all the times God has provided for me and delivered me from trials, that's when for me, trusting God is easier said than done. God bless you much!

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  8. This was a great encouragement for me. My family is considering relocating to a different state and I have had a lot of fear and apprehension because our life is so good and comfortable right now. A man in our church recently gave a testimony and said Fear is the opposite of faith. God is really working on my heart in this area.

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    1. Thanks, Cara! So glad this blessed you! God bless your move. How exciting to step out in faith and see what good things God has just waiting for you there. I agree fear and faith are contrary to each other. I can not say I'm trusting the Lord in a situation while I am anxious. But what freedom there is in trusting God--the absence of fear. God bless you lots!

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  9. This year God put it in my heart to have a faith and art workshop. He also said not to be afraid. It's my first time to do this and I know He'll walk with me, but I do get anxious sometimes! Patsy

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    1. How exciting, Patsy! God bless you richly as you move forward in the way God is directing you. I can relate to those times of anxiety, too. For me it is just a reminder that I need to stop focusing on my problems and turn my attention to God's promises. It totally changes how I see my trials. God bless you abundantly!

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  10. Thanks so much for sharing!
    Moving past fears is something that grows us up I think.

    It's a choice, like many other things in life. I CHOSE to help build a roof when I am terrified of heights, and you know what? I got so that I wasn't afraid anymore! I was afraid of moving to Africa single and God was my sufficiency and taught me so much of His character. It's always SO worth it to trust our Father and lean into His strength to do the things He calls us to do.

    It's truly a blessing to walk with Him <3 Bless you all today!

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    1. Christine, I totally agree! Walking by faith, though not usually easy, is a choice. I think of all the people named in Hebrews 11 who stepped out in faith and trusted God no matter what. What a fabulous testimony, you have, of the faithful deliverance of God from your fears! I love how you put it, "It's always SO worth it to trust our Father and lean into His strength to do the things He calls us to do." Well said! God bless you richly!

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  11. One step at a time, Brooke :). And prayer. Lots and lots. Thanks for this lovely post and for linking to Playdates with God this week!

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    1. Thanks, Laura! I completely agree. One step at at time bathed in prayer. Reminds me of that book by Stormie O Martin, "Just Enough Light For The Step I'm On." Sometimes that's how it feels. So thankful though that God remains faithful, even if I am faithless. He is so good! God bless you abundantly!

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  12. It was no problem for me to trust in God, but it took me a while to trust Him (if that makes sense). It has taken me sometime to let go of my fears, and my stubborness, and just trust God. But I guess it comes with getting to know Him.

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    1. Michelle, I know exactly what you mean. Trusting in Jesus for salvation is just the beginning. Trusting Him day to day requires us to daily take a step of faith. For me, when I consider that Jesus has faithfully met my greatest need, salvation, then I know nothing I face in this life will be too much for Jesus to provide for and deliver me. He's already taken care of my greatest need. Any other need I may have pales in comparison. God is more than able to provide. As Psalm 23:1 boasts, "The Lord is my Shepherd. I have everything I need."(NCV)God bless you much!

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  13. I want to step out in faith, and with confidence, I just need the courage and fearlessness to do it. Could you pray that God provides me with the confidence to just jump and see what happens?

    God is in full control.

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    1. God knows your heart and will honor your desire to step out in faith as He leads you. Praying the Lord fills you with boldness and confidence to follow Him wherever He is directing you and do whatever He calls you to do. God bless you richly!

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  14. I honestly let fear ruin me to step out in faith and trust in God. It paralyzed my realtionship with God and my growth. I feel like a failure and hurt on the inside.

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Thank you for taking the time to share. May God bless you richly!