Taking a step of faith

Though many years have passed, I remember well when my children learned to walk. I also remember the bumps and bruises that came with their efforts. My little toddlers were quite brave letting go of the couch or my hand to take a step. Sometimes they took another. Sometimes they fell. Sometimes they collided with various objects but they continued to step out until their walking skills improved to running through the house!

As we mature from toddler to adult, we lose much of the boldness of toddlers. Stepping out into the unknown when we might fall or end up bruised becomes sometime we tend to avoid. Yet what if God is calling for us, waiting for us even, to take a step of faith so he can release new blessings?

The Israelites who crossed the Jordan can still teach us a few things about stepping out in faith.

“So when the people broke camp to cross the Jordan, the priests carrying the Ark of the Covenant went ahead of them. Now the Jordan is at flood stage all during harvest. Yet as soon as the priests who carried the Ark reached the Jordan and their feet touched the water’s edge, the water from upstream stopped flowing… The priests who carried the Ark of the Covenant of the Lord stood firm on dry ground in the middle of the Jordan…” Joshua 3:14-17

God stood ready to provide, intervene, and bless. He had plans to give them a land described as flowing with milk and honey. He had plans for them to stand firm on dry ground in the middle of a flood-stage river. He planned the miracle of holding back the Jordan River just for them. The Hebrews had one thing they had to do to cause God’s plans and blessings to flow… they had to step out into the water. The Word says as soon as the feet of the priests touched the water, the miracle began.

I wonder for how many of us God waits…

Does he have miracles waiting for release? Plans ready to fall into place? Blessings ready to flow? Is he just waiting for us to step out in faith, believe his Word, and claim his promises?

For some it may mean making the first step in following Jesus. For some it may mean taking a step out into the unknown and trusting God with loved ones. For others it may mean not just knowing the promises in the Word, but claiming them and standing firm waiting for God to do his promised part. Perhaps God is calling us to go a new direction that seems scary… yet maybe God waits to release a flood of blessings for when we finally take that first step out into the water.

Lord, I want to walk the path you have for me even though the road ahead sometimes seem dark. I don’t want fear to keep me from the miracles and blessings you have planned for me. Build my faith! Give me the courage to step out trusting you with the journey and the results.

Lord, hold my hand as I take this next step. Amen!

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