Step Into The Water

The time had come to step into the land that God had promised them and take possession of it. Between them and the land however, there was a barrier, the Jordan River. Now while crossing the river in itself might be a challenge, the Bible tells us that the Jordan was a flood stage which made it particularly dangerous.

The seemingly rational thing to do would be to camp out and wait for the flood waters to go down. That is what their enemies probably would have done and indeed probably what their enemies hoped that the Israelites do. Camp out, sit a spell, wait until things were safe. Then once the way was clear, once everyone deemed that it was safe, they would venture into the water.

God is not "safe". Roaring flood waters mean nothing to Him. He does not do things the way we would do them. Why? Because He is God and we are not.

God gave specific commands as to how they were to cross the river. Then He said that as soon as the priests carrying the Ark of the Covenant stepped into the water, the water flowing down stream would stop and pile up into a great heap. Notice that God did not say He would stop the water and then the priests could step in. They had to step into the water in order for it to be stopped.

We get it backwards, you know. We ask God to do something and then we stand on the "bank", waiting for Him to part the waters, waiting for the path to appear and then we will venture across and claim the promises of God. Instead, God challenges us to remember His promises, step into the water and watch God work. Faith does not talk about stepping into the water. Faith does it.

Blessings!

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Joyce Bethy Ferguson @bethy ·

Indeed it does.

Barbra Lambert @enje25 ·

"We get it backwards, you know. We ask God to do something and then we stand on the "bank", waiting for Him to part the waters, waiting for the path to appear and then we will venture across and claim the promises of God. Instead, God challenges us to remember His promises, step into the water and watch God work. Faith does not talk about stepping into the water. Faith does it."

Exactly!

I love the image; terrifying as it is, it perfectly underscores your message, K :princess: !

Les Braswell @doneuntotheleast ·

K.,

Excellent word and so very true.

In Him,
Les

Beth M @blest ·

Excellent! :clap:

Sylvia Kinley @heavenlyminded ·

Great post! As my faith grows, I can appreciate the "way" God does things!