It is so much easier to walk with God when we appear to be “walking on water”. You know the feeling–you are winning at almost everything you try, your kiddos are behaving, and your cooking is tasting amazing.
However, in the face of discouragement, we are tempted (just like the Israelites) to start backpedaling to what our scared brains think of as “safety” (but what our rational minds understand to be “bondage”).
Over and over again in the Pentateuch, the Israelites complain to Moses saying to some effect:
“…if only we had died in this wilderness! Why is the Lord bring us into this land only to die by the sword? Our wives and little children will become plunder. Wouldn’t it be better for us to go back to Egypt?” (Numbers 14:2-4)
It is easy to judge these balkers and say, “That’s ridiculous! Why would anyone want to go back to working as an Egyptian slave–especially when they have just seen the Promised Land?! I would never do something so silly.” In reality, though, foolish people often return to their folly–just as the Bible says in Proverbs 26:11.
So how do we avoid being foolish people? We weed the folly out of our minds with God’s word. Remember:
“Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.” (Romans 12:2)
Without folly to revel in, our minds can clearly focus on God’s promises and remembering all that God has done right in front of us (even the little blessings like food & nap time).
Conclusion: Standing faithfully on God’s word, we will have the mental courage to walk with Him relentlessly.