The Word of Grace Devotion for the Week of April 11, 2016
A Step of Faith
Joshua 3:12-13, “Now therefore take twelve men from the tribes of Israel, from each tribe a man. 13And when the soles of the feet of the priests bearing the ark of the Lord, the Lord of all the earth, shall rest in the waters of the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan shall be cut off from flowing, and the waters coming down from above shall stand in one heap.”
Beloved, The Lord often asks us to take steps of faith. In fact in numerous places in Scripture we are told to live by faith such asHabakkuk 2:4, “Behold, his soul is puffed up; it is not upright within him, but the righteous shall live by his faith,” that verse being repeated in Romans 1:17, Galatians 3:11 and Hebrews 10:38.
We are also told to walk by faith in 2 Corinthians 5:7, “For we walk by faith, not by sight,” and that to please God we need to have faith, as Hebrews 11:6 says- “And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.”
So it is of no surprise that the Israelites were told that in order to cross over into the Promised Land that they needed to take a step of faith. The Jordan River would part as soon as they took that step of faith. But it would not part until they took that step of faith.
The Promised Land to us does not represent Heaven because even in the Promised Land there were still enemies to conquer, fields to cultivate and sacrifices to be made. Rather the Promised Land represents a vast opportunity to excel in God’s Kingdom. It is an opportunity, a potential of who we can become in Christ and it all begins with a step of faith.
The Israelites could have waited until the Jordan River dried up before they crossed but they still may have been waiting today. Instead, they took that step of faith and ventured into a place they had never been before. Likewise maybe we also need to take a step of faith in our relationship with the Lord.
Maybe we need to take that step of faith and trust the Lord in a new serving opportunity that has been placed in front of us. Maybe we need to take a step of faith and trust God with our finances and begin to tithe unto the Lord. Maybe we need to take a step of faith and trust God with a loved one who has been reticent to commit unto their life unto the Lord. Beloved, whatever it is, it begins with a step of faith. We will never enter into the Promised Land until we take that step of faith.
I pray that you will have a blessed week! I love you and I will be praying for you!