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We often hear the term, “step out in faith.” I must admit I have heard this term many times but have not really stopped to consider the concept. So, today, let’s consider the concept. I think a good example is shown in the history of Israel in the Old Testament. We know that Moses led his people out of Egypt and to the Promised Land. God did not allow Moses to enter the Promised Land—Joshua became the chosen leader to complete this task following Moses’ death.

So, there he stood—Joshua, the new Israeli leader, with thousands upon thousands of his people under his command, staring across the Jordan River into the edges of this vast and wonderful Promised Land. Joshua had one immediate problem that was obvious to him and every Israelite among this enormous throng of mankind. The Jordan River, flowing and full of life, passed between them and the land that was promised to them by almighty God. How does one lead men, women, children, pack mules, belongings, livestock, and tents across a river?

God told Joshua to have the thousands break camp and load up all their families and belongings in preparation to cross the river. He told Joshua to have the priests, the select few, who carried the Ark of the Covenant—to step into the river first and lead this great, homeless nation into this land of God’s promise. Wow! This is most definitely a challenge to step out in faith. This is what God told Joshua, “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.” (Joshua 3:13)

The bible illustrates God working in this manner on several occasions. God wants us to step forward for Him in the midst of what appears to be impossible circumstances. He challenges us to “step out in faith,” which then allows Him to show us His miraculous power in all His glory. We must notice that He did not stop the flowing river first—proving that He would; and then have the people prepare to cross. We must notice that God did not even choose to stop the river once the entire nation was packed and standing at the edge of the Jordan. His instructions were clear—He planned to stop the flow of the river when the leading priests actually stepped into the waters of this active, flowing river.

So—under the command of Joshua, and Joshua under the command of our Heavenly Father, this great nation did cross the Jordan! “As soon as those bearing the ark had come as far as the Jordan, and the feet of the priests bearing the ark were dipped in the brink of the water (now the Jordan overflows all its banks throughout the time of harvest), the waters coming down from above stood and rose up in a heap very far away, at Adam, the city that is beside Zarethan, and those flowing down toward the Sea of the Arabah, the Salt Sea, were completely cut off. And the people passed over opposite Jericho. Now the priests bearing the ark of the covenant of the LORD stood firmly on dry ground in the midst of the Jordan, and all Israel was passing over on dry ground until all the nation finished passing over the Jordan.” (Joshua 3:15-17)

Here is our lesson. We must not just say we have courageous faith, we must demonstrate that we have courageous faith. If you want to experience God’s miraculous power in all His glory—you must truly be courageous. God does not make it easy, and it will not feel safe; but in the end He will move and you will be part of His miracle. You must step into your Jordan River—once your feet are wet, and not until your feet are wet—God will act! Then you can cross over into your life’s promise.