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"Don't Get Cold Feet"

"And the Lord said to Joshua, "This day I will begin to exalt you in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that, as I was with Moses, so I will be with you."

Joshua 3:7 

This week the upper east coast of the United States is experiencing flooding like they have not seen in years. Every step taken is a step of faith as rescue workers have no idea what is or what is not under their feet. Sounds a lot like the scene we read about here in Joshua chapter 3. If you have ever seen the Jordan River in Israel during the flood season you would know that this was no small feat or should I say feet as the priests we read of in Joshua chapter 3 stepped out in the rising water as they sought to obey the Lord. 

Easily over a mile wide during the flood season, the Jordan River was no small step. Try to imagine stepping out into a flowing river that could easily just sweep you away to death only to have it suddenly quit flowing and the ground beneath your feet be totally dry with each step you took? It's almost beyond imagination but that is exactly what happened here. When the priests who were bearing the ark of the covenant of the Lord, (which is a symbol of the presence of God) wadded out into the waters of the Jordan it ceased to flow and all the people following behind the priests crossed over on dry land. 

What makes this so significant is that up to this point in the bible we have seen the faith of individuals on display, men and women who trusted God and acted on faith as the Lord led them. Here in Joshua chapter 3 we see and entire nation stepping out in faith together. As a pastor that speaks to me because I know the power of unity when God's people determine to step out together trusting Him and not the circumstances surrounding them. What a testimony to the world when God's children walk by faith together. Psalm 133 always comes to mind when we do. 

I realize the difficulty if not the impossibility of getting people to walk by faith and not by sight. Thats why I appreciate what Warren Wiersbe in his commentary on Joshua wrote when he said, "in the Christian life you're either an overcomer or you are overcome, a victor or a victim." After all, God didn't save us to make statues out of us and put us on exhibition. He saved us to make soldiers out of us and move us forward by faith to claim our rich inheritance in Jesus Christ. Moses said it perfectly: "He brought us out…that he might bring us in" Deuteronomy 6:23. Too many of God's children have the mistaken idea that salvation—being delivered from the bondage of Egypt—is all that's involved in the Christian life; but being saved from something is only the beginning. Both in our personal spiritual growth and in our service to the Lord, "there remains very much land yet to be possessed" Joshua 13:1." We weren't just saved from something, we were saved for something. There is a purpose for our lives, victories to be won, land to be possessed. 

My prayer for you today, friend, is that your faith in God will cause you to move forward, to overcome the obstacles that will surely present themselves to block your path. There is a Promised Land that God has for you to enter, a land that you are to possess. It will take faith to enter it; you'll have to do something to see it come about, as faith always involves action; as faith is not passive but active! Just as the Lord was with Israel He is with you and me today, beloved. God isn't calling us to go it alone, He promised to go with us, and that is why the priests lead the way. God will never have you go where He won't lead you and guide you, He'll never have us go where He isn't already there! That's comforting to those of us who seek to walk by faith, and is why Joshua calls the Lord, "the living God" and "the Lord of all the earth". Joshua came to know and trust that God is in total control of all creation, and you and I do well in this life as we seek to know and trust the Lord is in control of our lives too. 

May each of us learn the lesson of Joshua and the children of Israel we read about here in chapter 3. Often times, we must first step out in faith before the Lord opens the way for us. To please the Lord we must walk by faith and not by sight. With this in mind don't sit back and wait for the "perfect moment" today before you step out, for it will most likely never arrive. Instead, do what the children of Israel did…set yourself apart to God, seek to know Him by knowing His Word and trust what He says as you step out in faith. You won't be disappointed when you do! 

"Therefore know that only those who are of faith are sons of Abraham. And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel to Abraham beforehand, saying, "In you all the nations shall be blessed." So then those who are of faith are blessed with believing Abraham." 

Galatians 3:7-9 

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Tuesday, 23 October 2018