We’ve all heard it at some point in our lives.  “Take a leap of faith.”

But what does that really mean? Is it blindly jumping? How is faith involved?

Hebrews 11:1 tells us “Faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”  I can have confidence in what I hope for, that part is no problem.  It’s the assurance about what I do not see.  How can I be sure of something I can’t see?  Usually things I can’t see cause anxiety, worry, stress and concern.  Rarely do I add faith to that list.  But I should.  If I have confidence in what I hope for and I have faith in God and the plans that He has for me, why then wouldn’t I have assurance in what I can’t see.

When we have the confidence and faith we’re called to have do we just jump? I don’t believe so.  A few other things are important. Research, prayer, seeking, searching, and wise council.

One more important aspect to consider before leaping.  Listening for God’s will.  Be still, present our thoughts and listen for a response.  Philippians 4:6 reminds us not to be anxious but give it to God.  “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

Facing a leap of faith?  Turn to God with prayer and petition, seek wise council from those around you, do research, fasting, take time to be still and be willing to follow God.  Have confidence and assurance. And when the time comes, take that leap of faith.

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