"Take a leap of faith". We've all heard that phrase, right?
is that Biblical? Is that anywhere in Scripture? Do we ever see someone
in the Bible leaping? Lepers, yes, but leaping by faith? I can't find
The phrase "leap of faith" seems to have been
coined by philosopher Soren Kierkegaard in reference to the idea of
believing in God Himself. Today, in a somewhat related sense, people use
it to mean being obedient to what they think God is asking them to do
even if doesn't look like it's going to work, like jumping off of
something and not knowing how you're going to land but trusting God to
catch you and put you down safely.
And again, I have to ask, is that idea Biblical?
faith is, certainly, but as Christians, we are called to have a
grounded faith, a thinking faith, a cautious faith if you will, like
After Noah's ark grounded itself on a mountain,
taking a leap of faith might have seen him jumping out of the ark and
swimming for...where? Well, it wouldn't matter. God would help him get
But instead of leaping out of the nearest
window, Noah waited 40 more days and then simply opened a window and let
a bird fly out to test the landscape. The results weren't what he
wanted, so he waited a while longer and then sent out another bird. Then
waited, and sent it out again. This time, Noah started to receive some
positive signs. The bird brought back an olive leaf. He could tell that
things were starting to grow on the earth again. So then he leaped out
No, he waited a little longer and then sent the bird out again (Genesis 8:6-12).
was patient. He made tests. He sent out feelers to see how things would
go. He didn't let excitement or impatience or even what God was calling
him to do (eventually leave the ark and repopulate the earth) hurry him
into leaping before the time was right to act.
you ever rushed into something with good intentions, but then realized
that you probably should have waited? What in your life is making you
If we are to follow Noah's example of
waiting, cautious faith, "look before you leap" seems to be more
Christian than taking a "leap of faith". Ask God to give you patience as
you test and probe and plan out what He wants you to do. Take a leap of
wait and trust God to make it all clear in time.