The Old Testament is full of powerful exhortations and examples to encourage us to walk in faith. This week I was reading Joshua chapter 3:
14 And it came to pass, when the people removed from their tents, to pass over Jordan, and the priests bearing the ark of the covenant before the people;
15 And as they that bare the ark were come unto Jordan, and the feet of the priests that bare the ark were dipped in the brim of the water, (for Jordan overfloweth all his banks all the time of harvest,)
16 That the waters which came down from above stood and rose up upon an heap very far from the city Adam, that is beside Zaretan: and those that came down toward the sea of the plain, even the salt sea, failed, and were cut off: and the people passed over right against Jericho.
17 And the priests that bare the ark of the covenant of the Lord stood firm on dry ground in the midst of Jordan, and all the Israelites passed over on dry ground, until all the people were passed clean over Jordan.
God promised that He would make a way for the Israelites to cross the Jordan. At that time of the year the river flooded its banks and one could only cross by boat, or swimming (if the swimmer was a powerful person). But God specifically promised that the water would stand up in a heap and the priests would stand on dry ground in the middle of the Jordan, while Israel would pass around them, far from the Ark, on dry ground.
The thing is, when the priests got to the river, it was in full flood. They had to believe God would do what He said He would do, and step into the floodwaters in faith, trusting God for the outcome. Only when they stepped out in faith did the promise come to pass.
How true that is for us today! When we face the floodwaters of life we cower in fear and cry, where are you, O God? Instead, we need to step out in faith, believing that God is who He says He is, and can and will do what He says He will. Then we need to step out in faith, and watch the miracle unfold as He causes the floodwaters to stand up in a heap, “very far from the city”.
- Do you believe in God?
- Do you believe that He can do what He says He will?
- Do you believe that He will do it?
If so, it’s time to step out in faith and watch a God-sized solution unfold for your God-sized problem. After all, if you could handle it, it wouldn’t be a miracle, would it?