“Two Ways to Step out in Faith”

As I read the Word, I discovered at least two ways to step out in faith. The first way is like Moses & the Israelites. Moses is told by the LORD in Exodus 14:15-22: “Raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the water so that the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground.” This step of faith was after the waters had already been divided. Oh, Moses still had to act in faith raising his hands. If nothing happens, no harm. Just an old fool lifting his hands. This step of faith was clearly the Israelites walking between “a wall of water on their right and on their left” (Ex. 14:22 NIV84). Imagine their reluctance. Huge walls of water could come crashing down at any time…, but they all made it, even Moses, whose faith initiated theirs….

 The second way to step out in faith is somewhat opposite of Moses’. In Joshua 3:9-16, the priests are basically told to get their feet wet first before the waters will “wall” up and they can cross the river on dry ground: “And as soon as the priests who carry the ark of the LORD—the LORD of all the earth—set foot in the Jordan, its waters flowing downstream will be cut off and stand up in a heap” (Joshua 3:13 NIV84). Imagine the priests’ reluctance. The river was at flood stage with rapid currents, and yet they are told to step into the water before the miracle will happen….

Which way do you prefer? Before or After? Which way is the LORD prompting you? As we wait on the LORD to provide finances to pay our bills & repair our cars, or fix our relationships, do we need to  step out after or before He “parts” the the waters? Both require faith. Both result in a miracle. And yet, each is uniquely different. Again, which way is the Lord Jesus prompting you to step out in faith?

Whichever way it is, make sure you take a big step!

“for we walk by faith, not by sight—2 Corinthians 5:7:15–16 (NASB95)

Walking together in Faith,

Pastor Mike

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