Step Out into the Unknown

Daily Devotional

Judges 7:1-2 Then Jerubbaal, who is Gideon, and all the people that were with him, rose up early, and pitched beside the well of Harod: so that the host of the Midianites were on the north side of them, by the hill of Moreh, in the valley. And the Lord said unto Gideon, The people that are with thee are too many for me to give the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel vaunt themselves against me, saying, Mine own hand hath saved me.

What is it that God has been telling you to do that you keep putting off because you do not think that you have it all together? Having it all figured out is not a requirement for stepping out on the word of God. According to one of my dearest friends, Sydea Wright, it is by taking the first step that the path is made clear. 

When Abraham was told by God in Genesis 12 to leave Haran, he never had it all figured out since he did not know where he was going. It was when he reached Canaan that God told him this would be the land that he would give to him and his seed. 

Similarly, In Judges 7 when Gideon decided to take on the Midianites, he never had it all together. He assembled an army with 32,000 and God told him that he had too many. Consequently, he was told to send home all those who were fearful and that whittled down the army to only 10,000. Even then God still told him that he had too many, and he was advised to send away all those who did not lap the water with their tongue, leaving him with only 300. Although the size of his army  was miniscule relative to that of the Midianites, it was enough for God to give him the victory.  Gideon stepped out into the unknown, not knowing exactly what to do, but because he allowed God to direct him as he went along, he completed the mission and broke the oppression of the Midianites.  You too can step out into the unknown and create a similar result.  

Stepping out into the unknown forced Abraham to leave his comfort zone and in the case of Gideon, it caused him to be fearful. 

The point is that feeling afraid and leaving your comfort zone are things that may accompany stepping out into the unknown, but if both Abraham and Gideon had not done it, they would not have been highlighted as great men of the Bible. So for you, do not allow fear and feeling uncomfortable stop you from stepping out in the unknown, the greatness that God has deposited in you will only come forth if you do.

Life Application: Step out into the unknown by taking the first step even without knowing how it will all work out and depend on God to lead you every step of the way thereafter.

Prayer: Lord, help me to step out into the unknown and walk in faith as your direct my steps. In Jesus’ name, amen.


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