June 18, 2018
Deuteronomy 20:8… And the officers shall speak further to the people and say, “Is there any man who is fearful and faint hearted? Let him go back to his house, lest he make the heart of his fellows melt like his own.”
These instructions were given to an army that was heading into battle with an enemy. The first half of chapter 20 is a list of reasons to excuse a man from the fight. This one hit my heart today. When you are considering a step of faith, you need to surround yourself with men and women of faith. If you listen to a doubter and an unbeliever, you are at risk; that person could turn you away from the step of faith that you feel you ought to take.
First a disclaimer: Not every step of faith is for you to take. You need to hear the voice of the lord telling you what steps to take. Some steps of faith are actually steps of presumption if God is not in the step. Here is a proverb in today’s reading.
Proverbs 16:9… The heart of man plans his way, but the lord establishes his steps.
We talked about this last night with our dear friends, Bill and Penny. God will light the path right in front of us but not way ahead. When God lights the next step you ought to take, you have to trust him for the end of the matter. 34 years ago, when Karla and I got married, we knew we were to move to Eugene, Oregon. We were living in Spokane, Washington, at the time so it was a bit of a step to go to Eugene. 7 years after we got there, I was let go from my position as worship pastor at the church we knew we were to be part of. Through a series of steps, that I did not foresee, we ended up in Springfield… Eugene’s sister city. Then we planted “the branch”… a church. That step was also not previously in view. Currently, we are in phoenix, Arizona. This was a step that God had not shined light on until about 2 years ago. 34 year ago, God did not say, “Eugene will be a temporary assignment; I plan for you to be in Phoenix.” I possibly would not have known how to proceed with the steps needed. God orders our steps. Trust Him; He can see the future as clearly as the past and the present. Be content with “baby steps.” Learn to trust God. Listen for Him… obey Him.