Trust and Step

Read: James 1:5-18

But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. (v. 6)

Can you imagine an aspiring soccer player who read countless books on skill development but never actually practiced? They may know all the proper footwork but never know the feeling of making a pass, scoring a goal, or even stepping on the field.

Evangelist and teacher Oswald Chambers wrote, “One step forward in obedience is worth years of study about it.” Christians talk often about the subject of obedience, but at some point, discussing it just isn’t enough. Whatever way we may be seeking God’s direction in our life, there comes a point when we must actually obey what we read or what we sense God is telling us. James was likely thinking about just such a situation when he wrote about asking for wisdom from God, but he also stated that you have to believe and trust (ask in faith) or you will be tossed around like a wave.

We can read about obedience and we can study about believing and having faith, but at some point, it’s time to step out in that obedience. Just as an athlete prepares for the game or a musician prepares for the concert, we must welcome the opportunity to live in the moment of obedience. Life calls us to step onto the playing field and display what we have learned. James reminds us to trust God and take a step. —Bill Rumbaugh

As you pray, ask God to give you the boldness to step in obedience to his call.

About the Author

Bill Rumbaugh is a retired pastor living in Manchester, Maryland.

This entry is part 2 of 8 in the series Day to Day Advice from James