I have developed a terrible practice: God directs me to do something and I respond, “Absolutely Lord, I will do anything you want me to do. Lead me to the open door and I’ll walk on through.” What I had failed to see is that God’s leading is the open door. My failure to initiate the first step is actually a failure to utilize the faith that He has already provided.
I have discovered that God very rarely presents step number two until I have completed step number one. As simple and as obvious as that might sound, it is precisely the reason we find so many God-authorized projects stall before they start. Suddenly, being spiritually-grounded takes on new meaning.
Sticking Your Foot in the Door
And it shall come to pass, as soon as the soles of the feet of the priests who bear the ark of the Lord, the Lord of all the earth, shall rest in the waters of the Jordan, that the waters of the Jordan shall be cut off, the waters that come down from upstream, and they shall stand as a heap.” Joshua 3:13
What a wonderful illustration. God effectively says, “Stick your foot in the water, then I’ll show you the next step.”
Had it been me (instead of Joshua), I probably would still be standing on the bank of the Jordon debating with the Lord, “No, you first.”
I think part of the problem (for me) is that my focus is short-sighted. While I am often attentive to the goal before me, I noted that Abraham’s goal was not to settle in the Promised Land, but to go all the way to Heaven, “the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.”
Going All the Way
The good news is that if I never get any better (as a Christian), my salvation is secure. Praise be to God! But having said that, the Lord wants to make me better and He will take me as far as I am willing to go. How far I go is entirely up to me—I can stand on the shore and wait for God to part the waters, or I can take that first step trusting that He who has brought me to the shore will see me safely across.
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Romans 12:2
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- Joshua 2 – Reading Note (ferlans.wordpress.com)
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- The Booster Rocket (wdednh.wordpress.com)
- Our Distinct Advantage (trinityspeaks.wordpress.com)
- What do the stones mean? (shilohrestoration.org)
- Joshua’s Call (gospelier.wordpress.com)
- A Cry For Revival Series: “Revival of Our Spirit!” (krisbelfils.wordpress.com)
- Follow Jesus – Wisdom for Walking with the Lord (gracemeasured.wordpress.com)
- Think and Talk God’s Thoughts (inspiration4generations.wordpress.com)
- Faith Sight (rockchristiancenter.wordpress.com)