Making the first move.
I often ask God to direct my steps. My prayers regularly include requests for him to show me an opportunity to do what he wants me to do.
Because I’ll do it – I just want to know that its his direction and his timing.
And God responds. Right before my eyes, he will give me an opportunity to do something he wants done or say something he wants said.
Every time one of these opportunities presents itself, I have to take the first step of faith forward, not knowing what the next step is and never knowing how this is all going to work out.
I just have to take that first step and obey.
I learned this from the story of the Israelites crossing the Jordan into the Promised Land. God told the priests carrying the Ark of the LORD to go first. God told them he would make a way for them but, first, they had to step into the Jordan. “Now the Jordan is at flood stage all during the 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.” Joshua 3: 15-16.
The overflowing water of the Jordan river was roaring down its path…..
and they had to step in.
An act of faith. An act of obedience.
As soon as the priest’s feet touched the water’s edge, the water stopped flowing. They had to commit and then they saw God respond. In the middle of a rushing river, God opened up a path for them to the Promised Land.
It’s important for you and I to understand how this process works. Too often we want to see God move in our lives but we haven’t stepped out in faith. We want God to invite us to do great things but we haven’t stepped up to the plate on the things we already know God wants us to do.
For example, Jesus told us clearly, “Love God and love others.” These are the two main things I need to be about – I already know that. No question about it. I find that when I’m focused on doing these things that God has already told me to do, I see God part the waters for me. He blesses my last step and reveals my next step.
But the first step of obedience is mine. The first step is your’s.
Where is God asking you to take that first step of obedience? Go ahead – step into the water and watch it part in front of you. It will be worth it.
I believe, Abba Father, so I’m stepping in.