Walking by Faith
Years ago, I had a friend who was a very talented artist. Her house was once featured in a magazine because of the incredible, very detailed murals she had painted on the ceilings and floors of almost every room.
I’ll never forget the first time I visited the bathroom in her house.
I opened the door to see a ceiling painted with a mural of sky, with white fluffy clouds and the undercarriage of two Second World War planes – Spitfires to be exact. The floor was painted to look like fields and hedgerows from the perspective of an aeroplane window. They seemed far below and resembled a patchwork quilt of greens and browns dotted with tiny sheep and cattle.
This played such tricks on my mind. Even though I knew it was just a painting, it was so realistic, so deceiving to the eye, that I found it very difficult to take that step over the threshold. My mind kept telling me that my feet were about to step out out into “nothingness” without a parachute! So I stood there, frozen, for a few minutes before I managed to readjust my thinking; overcome the ridiculous, irrational fear, and take that first step.
That was over twenty years ago, but I woke up thinking about it this morning.
There are times in life when our logic tells us, ‘this isn’t going to work’, our eyes tell us, ‘this situation is so much bigger than me’, and our minds scream “don’t move, or you’ll be stepping into nothingness without a parachute!”
But if you are a child of God, you are called to walk by faith. You’re called to be strong and courageous. You’re equipped to do and be all three of the above.
Are you willing to take that step of faith? Am I? Joshua was.
Be Strong and Courageous!
Joshua 1:3,5-6,9 “I promise you what I promised Moses: ‘Wherever you set foot, you will be on land I have given you— No one will be able to stand against you as long as you live. For I will be with you as I was with Moses. I will not fail you or abandon you. “Be strong and courageous, for you are the one who will lead these people to possess all the land I swore to their ancestors I would give them. This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Joshua, mighty leader of God’s people in the wilderness was commanded by God to be ‘strong and courageous.’ I’d always thought of Joshua as very courageous, very strong; can you imagine having to take over from a leader such as Moses? So I was pondering this morning why God issued this command to Joshua.
But we know that God sees deep inside our hearts, while man looks at the outside. Was Joshua afraid? I’d say he probably was, at least at the beginning. He was about to step out into unknown territory. He was to lead the people into the promised land.
Perhaps the command to be strong and courageous was also preparatory, that Joshua would not be discouraged, distracted or afraid by what he was going to see in the coming days, weeks and months, but instead trust in the Lord.
God had told him “wherever you set your foot you will be on land I have given you” the ESV says “wherever you tread”. It was up to Joshua to take that first step. Then another, and another, into the unknown.
Joshua chose to trust God. He chose ‘strong and courageous’.
We can do the same, but it’s our choice.
Entrust your unknown future to the God you know.
“The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” Proverbs 16:9
God establishes our steps – how can He establish my steps if I’m standing rooted to the spot?
I have to take that first step of faith, trusting In God’s promise to establish my steps. That step is followed by another, then another, till I’m walking!
“for we walk by faith, not by sight.” 2 Corinthians 5:7
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