With tiny fingers curled around strong, fatherly hands, a child first learns to walk. Shaky steps and wobbly knees find strength in a quick upward glance at a beaming father. Any forward movement is met with uproarious applause.
“Father Holding Child Hand” by David Castillo Dominici
Learning to walk is not a solitary activity; it is a joyful challenge for the whole family. The early phases require a few bumps, several scrapes, and the shedding of tears now and again. Learning to walk by faith presents many similar challenges. You begin that walk, taking a few wobbly steps, and then bump up against the challenges of everyday life. You manage an uncertain step forward, only to scrap up against fear and uncertainty. You tearfully place one foot in the front of the other as you try to follow the Lord through the valley of adversity. Men of God have always had to learn how to walk by faith. We aren't born knowing how. Even heroes of the faith- Noah, Moses, Joshua, David, and Paul-had to learn how to do it. You are not alone as you learn to walk with God.
You are part of a parade, a long line of learners. We read early in God's redemptive Story that Noah walked with God. He walked with God when everyone else walked away from him:
Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God. Genesis 6:9
Certainly Noah's first steps of faith were fraught with shakes and wobbles. Like a young child strengthened by the grip of his father's steadying hands, Noah walked with God and was supported by his heavenly Father's strong grasp. Though your first steps in Christ are marked by shakes and wobbles, you can keep walking, confident in God's care. You are not holding onto him; rather, he is the One holing you firmly in his grasp. The strength and courage you will need to walk by faith throughout your lifetime come from your heavenly Father.
“Male Angel Worshiping” by farconville
Your life of faith will have its share of bumps, scraps, and tears. Your life of faith will take you through the valley of adversity. Yet, through it all, God will grasp you by the hand and lead you forward.