The African impala has incredible physical abilities in leaping. It can jump to a height of over 10 feet and cover a distance of greater than 30 feet. Despite these impressive statistics, an impala can be kept easily in any zoo. It doesn’t take a high fence or a wide moat to hold them captive. They can be kept from jumping with a 3-foot wall.
An impala will not jump if it cannot see where its feet will fall.
I have been a “spiritual impala” all too often. Maybe you would say the same about yourself. God calls us to obedience, to greater things, to experience His goodness in new ways, and we hesitate because we can’t see the end He has in mind. This is why we must “walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Cor. 5:7). When what we perceive and what God says seems to run contrary to each other, what do we do?
Fear, anxiety and manipulation are all indicators of a heart relying upon itself. Where circumstances meet the will is the proving ground of faith.
God sees all things (Heb. 4:13; Ps. 33:13). When His truth or what He tells us to do seems to run contrary to our view of reality, we must trust His view and never walk according to only the things we see. By faith, we must live with the understanding that He sees past what we see (Hab. 2:4). We must listen for His Word, make sure we hear Him and then act upon the report He gives us. When we respond to God and trust Him to do what only He can do, we see Him work in unimaginable ways, and those moments increase our faith.
Is there an area of your life where you can’t see where your feet might fall? What is God calling you to do that will require the exercise of your faith? Where is He speaking to you, telling you avoid something or to do something specific? How is His Word and His “still, small voice” whispering to your heart? Will you tell God, that no matter what He tells you to do, your answer is “yes”?
“Without faith, it is impossible to please God.” – Hebrews 11:6