The Next Step

Michael Beck

“The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.” (Psalm 37:23)

The fear of failure can keep us from stepping out into waters over our head. All Peter needed to get out of the boat was the assurance his next step was ordered by the Lord.

“And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.” (Matt. 14:29) For the first few steps Peter was doing great. “But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.” (Matt. 14:30)

What happens after the first step of obedience should not be our concern. For sure, we will need our eyes on Jesus for each subsequent step. If we take our eyes off of Him, we will start to sink; but even then He is able to catch us. “And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?” (Matt. 14:31)

The next step is the all-important one. When it is ordered by the Lord, He intends to keep us for all that lies ahead. He may even know our faith will be tried down the road. Fear may grip us. Doubt may enter in. But the Lord’s trust is not in us; He knows that He has all it takes to keep us from falling.

Don’t be afraid of waters over your head. If the Lord bids you to come He intends to keep you from falling. Look no further than your next step. Trust God with all that comes after it.

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.