Taking the First Step Reflecting on Joshua 3.
What does faith look like? Jesus tells us in Luke 9:23 that the faith that causes us to follow Him leads us to make a daily choice to serve Him instead of ourselves. That is His meaning by taking up our cross daily. To take up a cross is to say that you are going to your death. You are dying to yourself that is you are giving up your desires and living for someone else. That someone else is Jesus. We say no to ourselves so that we can say yes to Him.
Many times we get a picture in our minds that faith is about taking huge risks based on little information. That is not the typical way that we see faith working out in the Bible though. Most of the time faith is seen in taking one step at a time to serve the Lord. Faith is a simple confidence that the way God has told us to live and order our lives is the best way to live a happy life.
Take these priests for example. They had to trust that when their feet touched this water that God would make a way forward for the rest of the people. The risk at this point was not too great other than looking foolish, now when they were standing in the middle of the river that was a different matter, but that first step would have seemed almost too easy I imagine. Without that first step of faith though, they would have never made it across that river. Which is the way faith typically works itself out in our lives. Each day we take a step of faith by trusting that God has revealed the best possible way for us to live in His Word and that to obey Him is in our best interest and will give us the best life we can possibly have.
Maybe the step of faith you need to take on this Thursday morning is simply trusting that God has shown you the best way you can live. Perhaps the biggest step of faith God is calling you to take today is to simply obey. To trust Him more than your desires, more than your wants, more than public opinion. To say yes Lord I will put you first above all others.
Let us join together and ask the Lord for the grace we need to stay faithful to His Will and Word for our lives today and serve Him and our neighbors with the words we speak and actions we take.