by Jon Gaus
God grows our faith based on his track record in our life. Each step of faith that the Spirit is calling us, prompting us and leading us to take is based on God’s perfect track record in our life up to that point. Remember, the Scriptures describe our grow in faith as a spiritual “walk” not a spiritual “long-jump!” So, the next of faith that Jesus is calling you to take is based upon all the previous steps in which he ALWAYS proved himself totally trustworthy and faithful to you!
Think back to the tense scene back 1 Samuel 17. The entire Israelite army is frozen in fear on one side of the Valley of Elah because a 9-foot, uncircumcised Philistine, a true champion of war, is daily taunting the armies of God and blaspheming Jehovah himself! Enter the teenage shepherd boy David, who upon hearing this blasphemer of the living God, announces that he will step out onto the battle field and fight this giant menace. King Saul is astonished and aghast at David’s declaration as Saul is operating and seeing only in the natural realm. To assuage the King’s objections, David did not get out his resume or tell Saul how great he was. Instead, David simply recounted God’s perfect track record in his life. He told the King that when a lion came to steal from his father’s flock, the Lord delivered the lion into his hand. Then, when a bear came to steal from his father’s flock the Lord delivered the bear into his hand. So, based on how God had been growing David’s faith one step at a time, David declared that this was the next step of faith God was calling him to take…out onto that battlefield! David’s faith was based on God’s perfect track record in his life up to that point.
How about the impetuous Peter? In Matthew 14, when he requested that Jesus call him out of the boat to join him on the water, Peter was not being crazy or fool-hearty. To step out of that boat to get closer to Jesus was the next step in Peter’s faith journey all based on God’s perfect track record in his life up to that point. Think about it…up to this point in Peter’s life, he had witnessed Jesus supernaturally turn water into wine, miraculously and instantaneously heal the sick and the blind AND he had even witnessed Jesus raise the dead! Once Peter was satisfied that it was truly Jesus who was out on the water, Peter took his next step of faith based on Jesus’ perfect track record in his life up to that point.