With Faith Step Forward
“God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord”
~ 1 Corinthians 1:9
When a person with faith steps forward it is a giant step forward! That particular person is stepping into an unknown situation. But, by faith, they are feeling led by God.
An example of faith and taking a step forward is the family of Cornelia “Corrie” ten Boom. With their Christian faith firmly in place they allowed their home to be a refuge for Jews and members of the Dutch underground during World War II.
In February, 1944, an informant told the Nazis about Corrie and her family. The family was arrested and put into prisons and concentration camps. Several of her family members died there including her father and sister Betsie. Corrie and Betsie spent their time sharing the love of Jesus Christ with other women they came in contact with and many women became Christians because of them.
After 10 months, Corrie was released because of a “clerical error”. When she was released she said, “God does not have problems. Only plans.” According to the tenboom.org website she was released one week before all the women prisoners her age were executed. She realized her life was a gift from God and she needed to share what she and her sister Betsie had learned in Ravensbruck: “There is no pit so deep that God's love is not deeper still”.
Another example of a person's faith and stepping forward, but sinking, is Peter in Matthew. To summarize, Jesus told His disciples to climb into a boat and go to the other side of the lake. A storm arose as they were crossing it. They were all experiencing great fear. In the night, Jesus came to them walking on the water. They thought He was a ghost. But Jesus spoke to them saying: “It's all right. I am here! Don't be afraid.” Peter called to Him “Lord, if it's really you, tell me to come to you by walking on water”. Jesus answered: “All right, come.” So, Peter jumped into the water and began walking toward Jesus. However, something happened as he walked toward Jesus. Peter was distracted by the waves and when he removed his eyes from Jesus to look at the waves, he started to sink. He immediately called out to Jesus, “Save me, Lord”. Instantly, Jesus stretched out His hand and saved Peter from sinking.
Oswald Chambers wrote: “All of God's people are ordinary people who have been made extraordinary by the purpose He has given them.” Both Peter and the Corrie ten Boom family were ordinary people with faith who stepped forward, but they were made extraordinary by God for carrying out His purpose.
Has God called you to exercise your faith and step forward? Where are you looking, at the waves or directly on Jesus?
Lord God, thank You for using ordinary people to carry out Your purpose. Help us to step forward when You call us to serve You. Amen.
~ Ann Brock Ludington