Faith that confronts hindrances!
Verse for Today: Tuesday, November 06, 2012
Joshua 4:23 – The Lord your God did to the Jordan just what He had done to the Red Sea when He dried it up before us until we had crossed over.
God works in different ways in our affairs based on the intensity of our needs and situations. He does what is essential to keep us going in times of trouble. He acts at the right time to remove hindrances to help us tread smoothly. He interferes in nature and reverses its course to facilitate forward thrust for us. He removes fear of the hindrance from our hearts and eyes. His miracles are qualitatively and quantitatively sufficient to meet with every blockage that the enemy brings on our pathway. He demonstrated His great power to divide the Red Sea to make dry ground for His people to cross over. Compared to that, crossing over Jordan was much simpler. But unless the hindrance was removed, God’s people couldn’t cross over. God taught them that He was available for their great and small needs at the right time and place. He speaks to us today that He is available and sufficient to meet all our simple and complex. When the hindrance is removed, it would always cause us to give Him thanks because He has done what was seemingly impossible. We know how our faculties fail us in front of even the smallest hindrance. But trusting God to remove the hindrance means that we leave it to Him and wait for His orders. Sometimes He gives us a part to play in it like the role of Moses to use his staff or the stepping in of the priests into Jordan. But God expects us to play our part by faith and in full obedience, and leave the mighty act of removal of hindrance to Him. Sometimes the hindrance is removed before we reach the spot, but at other times, He expects us to come to the hindrance and get a feel of its magnitude and awesomeness. But the One who leads us to the brink of hindrance would also remove it.
Dear friend, are you confronted with a great and awesome hindrance in your walk with your Lord today? Is it stark darkness, insurmountable hill, vast ocean, steep river, walled city, great army, huge monster like Goliath, financial difficulty, health problem, your own fear and lack of courage or deep frustration that is preventing you to go forward? Remember, your God is able to remove all hindrances whether they are big like Red Sea or small like river Jordan. He has already planned amazing things for you to accomplish on the other side of the hindrance. But you have to overcome hindrances by faith. Perhaps you need to command the sea to be removed. At other times, you might be required to step into the water and it will recede. At times He asks you to fill your water jars and He will transform it into wine. At other times He wants you to walk around the strong wall and it will crumble. When you shout for God, He makes the great armies to get bewildered and flee. Even a small smooth stone from your crude sling is sufficient to make Goliaths to tumble down before you. He strengthens you with heavenly bread and water so that you can run faster than the chariots of kings to reach Horeb to continue with your ministry. When God exercises His perfect will in removing the hindrances in front of you, it is your responsibility to take the first step of faith as per His instruction to see His mysterious ways in making your pathway smooth. Today He is challenging you to take that first step forward rather than getting anxious about the hindrance and get frustrated. You are given the authority by the Lord Jesus to command the hindrance by faith to be removed from your pathway. Let us not retreat from the pathway that our Lord has established for us, but strive forward with courage, boldness and confidence in His power. As we step forward by faith, we will see victory for the praise of His name.
Joshua 3:13 – 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.
Thought for Today
When faith boldly confronts hindrance, it will flee away.
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