“And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.” Hebrews 11:6
There are countless stories in the Bible of God calling people out of their comfort zones. And with each one, the stretching brought blessings they’d never imagined.
Abraham trusted God for the child he was promised, despite his and his wife’s advanced age. His faith-stretching ended with a little baby in his arms named Isaac.
Jesus’ disciples feared for their lives when a violent storm threatened to sink their boat. But Peter’s faith to step out of the boat at Jesus’ invitation resulted in Peter’s human feet miraculously walking on water.
Jesus told a crippled man, with muscles weak, to get up and walk. The man stretched his faith as he stretched out his legs and walked for the very first time.
And on it goes. A blind man who had faith to believe Jesus could heal, saw Jesus’ face with those very eyes. Joshua might have felt ridiculous circling the walls of Jericho seven times, but eventually the walls came crumbling down. Joseph spent more than 10 years in a dark dungeon, but it was his unwavering faith which eventually landed him on the throne.
God calls us all to do some faith stretching now and then. Whether we are called to leave our comfort zones to obey and act, or to rest and trust God during a difficult season of life, He always rewards great faith with wonderful blessings, just as today’s key verse promises.
Maybe stepping outside of your comfort zone to obey God seems like too much of a stretch right now. Keep in mind that although it may seem impossible, God will never stretch us beyond what we are capable of in His strength — not ours. And when we are willing to be stretched, blessings begin to flow.
Lord, help me fully trust You with my life and develop a faith that is willing to stretch for Your sake, and mine. Show me how You can use my life for Your good. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.