When I Googled “leap of faith” it said: “an act of believing in or attempting something whose existence or outcome cannot be proven.” Fair enough I guess. But, I would say for someone who truly believes in Jeremiah 29:11, “for I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” I would say that the ACT of believing or attempting something can be proven…again, “CAN BE”, proven. How can I say such a thing? Because when you have accepted Jesus into your heart, you are no longer living a life that YOU want. That is what YOU think you should be doing or what YOU think is the right thing to do. When you surrender yourself to Jesus you literally die. Your old life is gone forever, and you are now born again living for God’s glory alone. You are asking God’s direction in every decision you make moving forward.
What does that mean? Well, the “old” you might be in a good/secure job but then have an opportunity for more money and quick advancement BUT has the caveat you will be forced to move. Many people will weigh the pros/cons for a week or so. Think about it all day, toss and turn all night, talk it over with a spouse (maybe even a father or mother), but in the end, they’ll make a decision that they think is best for them and their family. Anything wrong with that? Maybe…maybe not. Where was asking “God’s” opinion on this opportunity? Did we honestly pray for His direction? Or did we just jump at the opportunity because WE thought it was best? Think about it this way. God is omnipresent, meaning He is present EVERYWHERE at the same time, which includes of course the “future”. God wants us to acknowledge that we NEED and WANT Him in our lives. God wants us to acknowledge that we can’t do it all ON OUR OWN and that only through Him have we been given what we have right now. Someone who thinks they can do it all on their own may take that new position, and then when it DOESN’T work out say, “why would God allow this to happen?” or “this isn’t fair because I go to church, and I’m a good person, so why would I be allowed to fail when I took this LEAP OF FAITH?”. Leap of faith huh? Sounds like somebody who made a decision ON THEIR OWN and then was counting on God to bless THEIR decision. Good luck with that.
Herein lies the difference. Someone who has given their life to Christ will consult Him in their decisions from the get to. BIG “and” SMALL. When an opportunity like this comes to someone who is truly walking with the Lord, they will pray fervently to make the decision that God’s wants them to make. PERIOD. They will pray for God’s guidance acknowledging that He already knows THEIR path! In all things, they will pray that God provide encouragements (or discouragements) to help them in discerning God’s will for their decisions. THAT’s how we should be making decision folks. And here’s the best part. If we are consulting God, praying and asking for His guidance, EVEN if we chose incorrectly, He promises to straighten our path. Meaning, if we asked God what to do, HONESTLY watching for His encouragements (or discouragements), and end up choosing incorrectly, He then promises to fix it. Proverbs 3: 5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” When you trust in God, and His will for you, your decisions will be a “step forward in faith”. There’s no “leap” involved any longer. You’ve acknowledged that He alone knows your path, that He promises not to harm you and, even if all else fails, He promises to straighten your path should you stray down the wrong road. Sounds like a good deal to me.