Everyday I step on a ladder or two in getting things done. A ladder is anything or anybody that takes my position closer to the destination I am trying to reach. People often help and experiences with others can provide the right step as well.
The question of moving forward often comes down to trust. Do I trust the individual? Do I understand the experience enough to trust in where the next step will take me?
Yesterday, a friend told an incredible story of an Angel giving him his glasses he lost two weeks ago in Spain. People can dismiss the story but I trust the authenticity, honesty, and integrity of the individuals involved. The experience of walking in his steps carries an assurance, confidence, and reality that few descriptions of God bring. The story was incredible, exciting, scary, encouraging, frightening, and awesome!
I know that I twist good things the wrong way. “Does that mean I can’t even trust what is good (that is the law)? Is good just as dangerous as evil?” (Romans 7.13)
No! “Sin simply did [does] what sin is so famous for doing: using the good as a cover to tempt me to do what would [will] finally destroy me. By hiding within God’s good commandment, sin did far more mischief than it could ever have accomplished on its own.” (Romans 7.13)
The miracle story of yesterday and the law are not keys to salvation. Believing in them in that way would make them my god. The blunt reality is this; anything that takes my eyes and trust away from God is a form of evil (sin)! Miracle stories can provide confidence and assurance as I take a step towards God, seeking to understand the gift he offers to you and I. Seeing myself for what I really am, through the eyes of the law, can help me depend more completely on God and His gift for us. Both as steps on a ladder as we seek to reach out to God, not destinations in themselves!
It is time to step.