It’s inevitable, this want for some sort of change in our lives. We all have a goal whether it is to be healthier, more fiscally responsible, study the Bible more faithfully, be an overall better person or all the above plus more. The problem with change is not that we don’t desperately want to reach that goal, but that it is so uncomfortable to start. There are cravings to go back or not even begin because it seems it would be easier, even if we know how sweet the goal will be once it’s reached. We have a comfort zone and we like it there for the most part, except that itch that we know we can do just a tad bit better but only if we take that first step.
“Joshua told the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you.” Joshua 3:5
When the Israelites reached the Jordan, they were met with a flooded roaring river. They knew what they needed to do but that task in front of them seemed so daunting. Nobody puts down in a list of comfort zone tasks to cross a roaring river so I’m sure they all looked at each other like “Seriously? This is what we’re doing today?” They were told that the Lord would stop the waters and that it was at flood level because it was harvest time. Basically, they knew what they needed to do, what would happen when they did it and then the reward at the end of the work, but it had to be so hard to just take that first step.
“Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun.” Psalm 37:5-6
They took that first step and the waters stopped flowing and piled up in a heap (Joshua 3:16) as promised. Now wasn’t that easy? The first step is the hardest one but it has the biggest impact. That is not to say that the first step will be your last, in fact it is just the beginning. You will be tested tirelessly for your faithfulness and trust. The devil will try his hardest to sway you off this path. Think donuts on your desk the morning of your first day making healthier food choices. There is nothing more that the devil thrives on than our weaknesses. We often fear what might lie ahead or perhaps the prospect of failing but we have been commanded not to fear but to trust.
“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” Jeremiah 17:7-8
Every single story in the Bible, whether big or small, represents the trust in God we must all keep. There are so many examples of that trust failing and lives falling apart but so many more where the trust in God’s faithfulness has carried them past their expectations and into amazing new lives. When we plant our goals and dreams with the Lord through prayer and action, he will guide your ways. Touch your toes to the water and if it is His will, he will make a path for you. Place your steps into God’s hands, and just see what type of harvest is on the other side.