Step Out In Faith
God put them to the test. “Joshua, I want to you cross the river. Trust me. I will deliver the people. You must have faith and walk in obedience.” The moment of truth had arrived. Last time they failed the test and spent 38 years paying the price, but in front of them was a raging river waiting to take their lives if they tried to cross. Joshua stood up. It was time to lead. He instructed the priests to lead the people into the water. He asked the people to have faith in the promises of God because they never failed. And they walked… one foot in front of the other… nothing to protect them but their faith in the power and promises of their God.
And God did the most amazing thing. When the feet of the priests went into the water, God parted the waters of the Jordan River and the Israelites crossed the river on dry ground. God let His people know that when they trust in the Lord their God, He will deliver them every time. God gave them the land by promise, but they had to trust God enough to go claim the land for themselves.
God has given us the land today. The land is called eternal life or abundant life. This life is granted us through the blood of Jesus on the cross. God has bought this life for us, but we must take it. We must take the step of faith to receive the abundant life. Of course there is the original step of faith in which we receive salvation through accepting the gift of forgiveness in Jesus Christ. However, we continue to walk by faith daily once we are in Christ.
We access the power of God through stepping out in faith and putting our feet in the water. God’s power is available to everyone, but it is only accessed by those who step out in faith. I witness many good hearted believers who never walk in the power of God because they never take the first step. They stand on the edge of the river playing chicken with God. “God I’ll step in the river if you show me a sign.” “If you will deliver me first then I’ll jump in the river for you God.” They wait and wander and watch; but they never walk. The power comes in the risk. The risk with faith is that God might not come through, but I believe He will so I will take the first step in faith. Those are the men and women of faith who see the power of God displayed in their lives.
So evaluate your faith. Are you a risk taker for God or do you play your faith close to your vest? When challenges or opportunities present themselves, do you stand on the shore waiting for God to make the first move? Do you access the power of God through stepping in the water through obedience? God promises His power, protection, and provision, but He is waiting for the first faith move before He grants you the fullness of life in Him. Get off the shore into the water and watch the power of God take you on the amazing journey called the abundant life.