Faith Walk or Leap of Faith
The term Christian growth refers to the continual, daily process in the life of a believer, whereby we: "grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ."
Have you ever asked a fellow Christian: “How’s your walk with the Lord?” It's a great question that typically opens up a fruitful conversation.
And, remember the old hymn: "Trust and Obey"? It starts off with the following verse:
When we walk with the Lord in the light of his word, what a glory he sheds on our way!
The process of becoming more Christ-like is a faith walk. 2 Corinthians 5:7 says: For we walk by faith, not by sight.
I understand that the word "walk" brings to mind a patient step-by-step walk. Walking gives you the safety and stability of always having one foot on the ground at all times.
But what if your step-by-step, one foot in front of the other, play-it-safe walk, is suddenly interrupted by an obstacle, or a roadblock?
When this happens, it's not ALWAYS as simple as taking another route and walking around the problem. Sometimes, the Lord wants you to walk through the problem.
In order to do this, you'll need to allow BOTH feet to leave the ground. This is a called a leap of faith.
Leaping isn't as safe as walking, which is why we tend to put most of our emphasis on the walk-part. Maybe we should start putting more emphasis on the FAITH part. Faith is trusting the Lord to see us through the problem.
Under the Holy Spirit's inspiration, David wrote a song about how the Lord had delivered him out of the hand of all his enemies in 2 Samuel 22.
David starts the song off by saying:
The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer. The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence. I will call on the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.
David then goes on to say these words: "by my God have I leaped over a wall."
When David leaped, he trusted the Lord would be with him as a shield, a refuge and a saviour.
Maybe today is the day for YOU to take a leap of faith!