Simple Steps

There are those moments in life when a giant leap of faith is what is required to see breakthrough in a situation or to be propelled out of our current season into the next. Although at the time these steps can be daunting and involve some element of risk, the results are always worth the nerves!
However when it comes to every day life, it’s not necessarily the giant leaps that will bring the break though, but the unseen, consistent, smaller steps of faith that will result in lasting transformation.
Naaman was the commander of the Aramic army, and despite being a ‘valiant soldier’ he had leprosy. After hearing about the prophet Elisha, he sought the prophet for healing. However when he received the message back from Elisha, he disregarded the instruction, thinking them to be too simple or menial:
‘Elisha sent a messenger to say to him, “Go, wash yourself seven times in the Jordan, and your flesh will be restored and you will be cleansed.” But Naaman went away angry and said, “I thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, wave his hand over the spot and cure me of my leprosy… so he turned and went off in a rage’ – 2 Kings 5:10-12 (NIV)
However Naaman’s servants finally convinced him to take the simple step of washing himself seven times:
‘So he went down and dipped himself in the Jordan seven times… and his flesh was restored and became clean like that of a young boy’ (13:14)
As Naaman obeyed Elisha in the small steps, God released the supernatural to bring his breakthrough. What mattered for Naaman wasn’t he size of his step, but the heart of faith he took it with.
Just as for Naaman, there are times that we can disregard the smaller steps that are right in front of us while we wait for the giant leaps or the opportunity of a life time to mystically appear before us. However if we neglect the simple steps in front of us we may be unwittingly stalling the breakthrough God was going to bring us all along.
Never look down on the often hidden, smaller steps of faith – because as you take them, you have every reason to believe that God will do the impossible as you put your trust in Him!


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