Step Out

19Behold, your servant has found favor in your sight, and you have shown me great kindness in saving my life. But I cannot escape to the hills, lest the disaster overtake me and I die. 20Behold, this city is near enough to flee to, and it is a little one. Let me escape there—is it not a little one?—and my life will be saved!” 21He said to him, “Behold, I grant you this favor also, that I will not overthrow the city of which you have spoken. 22Escape there quickly, for I can do nothing till you arrive there.” Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar.

30Now Lot went up out of Zoar and lived in the hills with his two daughters, for he was afraid to live in Zoar. So he lived in a cave with his two daughters. 31And the firstborn said to the younger, “Our father is old, and there is not a man on earth to come into us after the manner of all the earth. 32Come, let us make our father drink wine, and we will lie with him, that we may preserve offspring from our father.” 33So they made their father drink wine that night. And the firstborn went in and lay with her father. He did not know when she lay down or when she arose.

34The next day, the firstborn said to the younger, “Behold, I lay last night with my father. Let us make him drink wine tonight also. Then you go in and lie with him, that we may preserve offspring from our father.” 35So they made their father drink wine that night also. And the younger arose and lay with him, and he did not know when she lay down or when she arose. 36Thus both the daughters of Lot became pregnant by their father. 37The firstborn bore a son and called his name Moab. He is the father of the Moabites to this day. 38The younger also bore a son and called his name Ben-Ammi. He is the father of the Ammonites to this day. ~ Genesis 19:19-22, 30-38

Lot asked for safety from the angels, and they granted it to him, yet he was still afraid. He was so afraid he took matters into his own hands and didn’t stay in the tiny city where the angels told him he would be safe but instead went into the hills. How many times have we as Christians asked for something from God, whether it be safety, finances, health, etc. and He says, “let it be done as you have asked,” but that not be enough?

I wonder what would happen if we stopped trying to make the limb stronger and instead, just walk out on the limb and trust God will keep his promises. Why is it so hard? We can trust man, we can trust ourselves, but we can’t trust the God that created the Heavens and The Earth. The God that knew you before you were even a thought in your parents’ mind. The God that wrote out an entire plan for your life, including every backup plan necessary in case you make a wrong turn or get lost. Why is it so hard to trust God? In one word, FEAR.

Fear is one of those things that, if you let it, it will consume you. It gets in your head, and you don’t notice it’s there until it’s too late and it’s barricaded itself inside your mind. It set the knob on the door to electrocute you if you try to get to where it stays. It has vicious guard dogs so that you can’t get in. Fear gets on that megaphone and shouts louder than God, “don’t do it you could fail,” “maybe you should go this way just in case.” Fear may have all of those barricades, but it has nothing to defend itself against God. If we would just pray, trust God, and then step out onto to branch onto that limb that doesn’t look like it’ll hold you, then every one of fears defenses begins to break down until it’s just you, him and God. And you say “Daddy, that’s who’s been tormenting me” and God kicks him out. It’s that easy, walk out in faith and you will overcome. Imagine the amount of struggle the Israelites might not have had to go through if Lot had just stepped out onto that limb with faith. Don’t live in fear. Don’t build up more enemies for you and your family to have to fight against because it never just affects you; it affects everyone around you.

Peace. Love. Go forth and Step out.

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