And as they that bare the ark were come unto Jordan, and the feet of the priests that bare the ark were dipped in the brim of the water, (for Jordan overfloweth all his banks all the time of harvest,) ~Joshua 3:15
The Bible teaches us that we walk by faith, and not by sight. I believe that there are three types of reactions to this precept. There is the Christian who is not sure if the faith life is for him. This person is doubtful and skeptical as to God’s ability to take care of him. Then, there is the reaction of the Christian who is learning to take the small baby steps of the faith life. Finally, there is the Christian who wants to start the faith life, but needs to get his feet wet. Getting your feet wet implies getting started, and experiencing what something is all about. Like the priests that carried the Ark of the Lord to the overflowing banks of the Jordan River, we need to “dip our feet in the waters” and “get our feet wet.”
We see the fearful START.
Getting our feet wet at something we have never done before can be scary. Most of us cringe and run away from the thought of witnessing and soulwinning because it means we have to initiate a conversation with a stranger. Many are fearful to pray in public for the first time because they are afraid of saying the wrong thing. The priests may have looked at the overflowing banks and the raging river water of the Jordan and could have been filled with a lot of apprehension. However, we need to take those first steps and get our feet in the water. Let me encourage you this morning to identify three areas of Christian living that you are apprehensive at starting, and decide today with God’s help to let your feet touch the water and start.
We see the faith STIMULATION.
When the priest’s feet walked into those waters, they immediately saw God at work. They saw the waters recede 15 miles north and 10 miles south. They felt the muddy and soggy riverbed become dry! Their faith was stimulated! Their fears subsided and disappeared! Their faces lit up as the riverbed became a dry thoroughfare. Their hearts were encouraged that Jericho became attainable. Their faith was stimulated! Get your feet wet at praying an hour or more a day! Get your feet wet at being a consistent witness of the gospel to others. Get your feet wet at doing something that will stretch you! Whatever it may be, watch God stimulate your faith to do it again, and to do more! Your faith cannot take a step up until you first get your feet into the water.
We see the forward STANDARD.
We walk by faith, and not by sight. We cannot let what we see alter our faith in God. We cannot allow our perception to hinder us from going forward. The Christian life will continually challenge us to see our Jordan River that is raging and overflowing, and to get our feet wet. It is the standard for going forward! It is the standard for pressing toward the mark. God told Joshua, “Ye have not passed this way heretofore.” Don’t settle for less than “getting your feet wet” in an experience that will be life-changing.
We see the faithful STIPULATION.
As we venture out by faith and get our feet wet in a new endeavor for God’s glory, do not forget that He has promised to be with you and to be your Helper. We will never appreciate God’s faithfulness more than when we get our feet wet in a new step of faith. Those priests who carried the Ark of the Covenant had the presence of God with them, and sensed God’s faithfulness in a powerful way.
It’s time to get our feet wet! For some of us, it’s time to get our feet wet again! Get your feet wet, and be prepared for an unforgettable faith journey!
Have a faith-inspired God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Nehemiah 7