From time to time, God will call his followers to step out in faith. While this is expected to a certain extent, some requests go beyond logic. Noah was asked to build an ark before rain existed. A man plagued with stuttering, Moses, was urged to confront Pharaoh to let Israel go. Meanwhile Joshua was encouraged to go into battle with a marching band of trumpets. At some point I’m sure all three of these men likely pondered, “are you sure about that God?”
Now no shrub had yet appeared on the earth and no plant had yet sprung up, for the LORD God had not sent rain on the earth and there was no one to work the ground, Genesis 2:5.
The book of Hebrews emphasizes that its impossible to please God without faith, Hebrews 11:6. James, the earthly brother of Jesus states that faith is dead without accompanied by action, James 2:26. Perhaps, the reason why individuals are forced to step out in faith is that many people spend most of their lives dwelling within personal comfort zones. Thus, God has to nudge and prod people to live by faith, not by sight.
For we live by faith, not by sight, 2 Corinthians 5:7.
Prior to the fall of Jericho, Joshua led his army to march around the walls of the city for six consecutive days. At some point during this week, there must have been murmurs by soldiers, “when am I going to get my weapon?” Although its not mentioned in the Bible, human nature causes individuals to doubt. While not vocalized, Joshua needed to unite the troops on the final day, with something like “stop talking and march.” Though you and I will have many more “are you sure about that” moments, may you fight through the urge to doubt by trusting God, step by step in faith.
by Jay Mankus