“Now then, choose twelve men from the tribes of Israel, one from each tribe. And as soon as the priests who carry the ark of the LORD–the Lord of all the earth–set foot in the Jordan, its waters flowing downstream will be cut off and stand up in a heap.” Joshua 3:12-13
Will we step in?
Here’s the backstory: Moses dies, and Joshua becomes the new leader. God tells Joshua to take some guys with him and go on a trip with the Ark of the Covenant. You know right away that it’s a test because God wants them to cross OVER the Jordan River. Yikes!
The Lesson: Okay, let’s be honest. We don’t want to get our feet wet. I don’t. You don’t. Joshua doesn’t either. I don’t want to have to wait until I get all the way into the river for God’s power to show up. I want things to happen when I’m a few yards away. Even better, I want God to act before I even decide to step in. I want to know that I won’t be swept away with the current.
But that’s not the way faith works. Faith pushes us out of our comfort zone. Faith kicks us out of the boat. Faith makes us take a step before we’re sure. The water gushes past us, and our only anchor is faith. Stepping in is hard. It takes courage. Luckily, we were never meant to do it alone.