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Laura Marshall

Stepping Out In Faith vs Saying ‘No’ To God

| January 29, 2018
Stepping Out in Faith

Struggling, struggling, struggling. I don’t know why life is such a struggle. Can’t I just sit back in my cozy home surrounded by family and comfort? Okay, so I’ll go to work then I can come home and relax, can’t I?

I deserve the rest. I deserve the quiet.

But the prodding. Oh, my sweet soul. Rest within me again. Leave me be. I am saying ‘No’.

No to the nagging, no to the ideas and strange call to the unfamiliar.

I am saying ‘No’ to God.

God in the heavens above. And it scares me. Puts a chill down into my soul. I want to cry. But I am so weary. And I don’t know why, because I’ve been resting. I’ve been doing just what I said above … coming home and sitting on my couch and enjoying my comfort.

Have You Ever Said ‘No’ To God?

Perhaps, Wisdom says, calling to me … whispering for fear of reprieve, where God is calling you is the rest you seek. It may look like work and trial and something that you are not comfortable with but it is for the better, the best, the good.

And I whisper back, maybe. Guide me. But please be gentle. I feel the weariness of the world and it’s weighing me down. My house calls to me of comfort and safety.

Stepping out in faith, vs saying no to God.

Stepping Out In Faith

I will take a little step in faith. Will you meet me, Father? Prayerfully. I will read your Word so I know it’s you who calls me forward, and also rest within these Words as it is the only place that lifts my burdens and truly eases life’s toil.

“Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” (Romans 5:1-5)

These words speak, not of luxury and gratification, but of a job, perhaps, undone. Glorying in tribulation … instead of running and hiding. He is our covering. He is our place of refuge as we march forward.

Jesus Is Calling

Perhaps God calling you also to an unexpected place. Have you said no or yes to His gentle whisper? Has the call gotten louder and louder, turning to a not so gentle crashing down of what was held too tightly?

Join me in turning our No’s into Maybe’s and with faith fed by God’s Word, moving forward with trust in God’s faithfulness, to confidently change our answers to Yes!

For God is not looking for us to be comfortable, but building our character to make a difference in our homes, our communities, and the world.

I heard the voice of the Lord, saying:
“Whom shall I send,
And who will go for Us?”
Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”
(Isaiah 6:8)

Where Does Today Find You?

Are in the middle of arguing with God about something? Is He calling you to take a step of faith? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

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