Step Forward

Here in the Arizona desert, it is quite common to see the sky dotted with colorful hot air balloons. If you live near undeveloped land, you may occasionally hear the distinguishable gush of air released as riders float by in their gradual descent.

Recently, I was reading the back story of the first king of Israel. God made it clear to the prophet Samuel that Saul was the chosen one. Samuel responded by privately informing Saul and anointing him with oil. As an added touch of validation, Samuel prophesied three specific signs regarding events Saul was about to experience, all of which were quickly fulfilled.

Still, when the time came for the nation of Israel to hear the proclamation, Saul was not to be found. Scripture tells us he had “hidden himself among the baggage” and others had to run and bring him out (1 Samuel 10:22-23). Saul nearly allowed his fears to sabotage the fulfillment of his calling.

We may experience similar feelings. Fear can inflate us like a hot air balloon, carrying us off course, perhaps causing us to miss out on or delay God’s best for us. When we identify those fears, we have the ability to fight back with the sword of truth and deflate it.

Even though we may still feel afraid, we can step forward into what God has waiting for us. Listen how God encouraged others. “Have I not commanded you? Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9).

About Arrow

Hi and welcome! My pen name is Arrow. The word “arrow” intrigues me because it has two meanings that describe my passions. One, it is an instrument used intentionally to reach a target, and two, it shows the way. As a believer and follower of Jesus Christ, my goals are to live for Him, lead others to Him, and glorify the Heavenly Father. I pray that the stories, poems, song lyrics, and devotional thoughts I share on this website will always be inspired by the Holy Spirit and aligned with the truths found in God’s Word. My hope is that the words may penetrate your heart and point the way to a closer relationship with the Savior. I look forward to sharing my journey with you. Experiencing what God has in store is bound to be exciting! May you be blessed! ~ Arrow
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