The Clearest Measure of Our Trust
By Jennifer Slattery
“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
My trust is most revealed in how readily I respond to God’s guidance. I’m quick to talk about His power, love, and sovereignty. But too often, my daily actions reveal my heart hasn’t truly owned those biblical truths. When I hesitate to respond to God’s prompting or flat-out disobey, I reveal a deep layer of doubt, one that, if not swiftly dealt with, will ultimately prove crippling.
One that will rob me of the joy-and-peace-filled life God longs to give me.
Had I been with the Israelites the day God told Joshua, their commander, to lead them across Jordan River and into the lush and plentiful land He’d long promised them, I worry, out of fear, I may have politely declined. My thoughts would’ve been consumed by the rushing waters before me, my inability to swim across, and the threat of death both posed. This wasn’t how the Israelites responded. After years of wandering through the desert (because of their parents’ lack of faith), when faced with the seemingly insurmountable odds of crossing a flooding river, they focused on their Savior, not the challenge before them.
This enabled them to move forward—to take hold of the blessing He’d prepared for them. Once Israel’s priests took that first literal step of faith, the waters miraculously stopped. As I read this account, recorded in Joshua 3, I was struck by the order of events. The priests stepped into the raging waters first, and they didn’t just dip their toe in. According to verse 8, they stood in the river. This demonstrated total commitment to obedience and total faith in God.
The result? God came through, as He always does.
We’ll regret countless choices made over the course of our lives but I guarantee responding to God in faith won’t be one of them.
Jennifer Slattery is a writer, editor, speaker, and the founder of Wholly Loved Ministries. She writes for Crosswalk, is the author of eight contemporary novels, and helped write Wholly Loved’s Bible study based on the life of Sarai (Gen. 12-23) titled Becoming His Princess, releasing in the spring/summer of 2019. When not writing, reading, or editing, Jennifer loves going on mall outings with her adult daughter and coffee dates with her hilariously fun husband. Visit her online at jenniferslatterylivesoutloud.com.
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Originally published Wednesday, 17 July 2019.