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  • Writer's pictureAndrea Mercier

Jumping Into Obedience

We used to go to the swimming pool all the time with my dad. Often we’d jump from the side into the water where he would be there to catch us. I was never afraid to jump when I knew my dad was there to catch me.

There’s going to be a time in our walk of faith when God asks us to jump.

But I’m not ready. I don’t have enough money. That’s not for me. I don’t see how it will work out.

Sometimes the Lord is going to call us to a place where we won’t have enough, be enough, or have any idea about how it’s supposed to work.

Boy has the Lord taken me to this place a time or two in the past few years. Places beyond my resources, and myself where I’m constantly asking, but how?

But God.

I've been thinking a lot about this crazy story in the book of Joshua over the past couple weeks where God commands the priest carrying the ark of the Lord to cross the Jordan River at flood stage. Check it out,

“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 3:16

Time out.

God commands the priest who are carrying the ark of the Lord to go ahead of the people into a flooded river, and when the priests set foot in the Jordan river the waters would stand up so the Israelites can all cross on dry ground. That sounds kinda risky if you ask me—like a pretty big jump.

God, why not make that river stand in a heap while they’re standing a few feet away? Nope. When their feet touched the water.

Some of you all are just a few feet away from obedience and you’re wondering why you don’t have the strength or resources. Hard truth time. It’s because you haven’t fully obeyed.

I can tell you from personal experience that when we walk forward in obedience taking that leap of faith to let our feet just touch the water God shows up in unexplainable ways. He just does. I’ve seen it time and time again in my own life. Beloved of God, God is for you, but you have to do what He is asking you to do. Will it be humbling? Probably. Yet, when you do, you’ll know, just like the Israelites did that it was the Lord. Look at what Joshua tells the people before he gave them God’s command to cross the river,

“Joshua said to the Israelites, “Come here and listen to the words of the Lord your God. 10 This is how you will know that the living God is among you and that he will certainly drive out before you the Canaanites, Hittites, Hivites, Perizzites,Girgashites, Amorites and Jebusites.” Joshua 3:9-10

This is how you will know. Yes, indeed, by jumping into obedience you’ll find Your Father right there, faithful in all things, working beyond ourselves. To the glory of God, Amen.

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