S: Joshua 3:13-16 The priests will carry the Ark of the Lord, the Lord of all the earth. As soon as their feet touch the water, the flow of water will be cut off upstream, and the river will stand up like a wall.” So the people left their camp to cross the Jordan, and the priests who were carrying the Ark of the Covenant went ahead of them. It was the harvest season, and the Jordan was overflowing its banks. But as soon as the feet of the priests who were carrying the Ark touched the water at the river’s edge, the water above that point began backing up a great distance away at a town called Adam, which is near Zarethan. And the water below that point flowed on to the Dead Sea until the riverbed was dry. Then all the people crossed over near the town of Jericho
O: The Lord told them what to do -- step into the water. But the Lord also told them that the miracle wouldn't start until they took that first step of faith.
These people were the children of the people that saw the crossing of the Red Sea. The oldest of them were children when that crossing happened, and the ones younger than 40 were not even born yet. So they never saw this miracle before.
They had been told of the miracle, so they had a rational reason to trust that God could do such a miracle. But they had to take that first step of faith themselves -- that first step into the water -- before the miracle would happen.
A: God's not asking us to irrationally have faith. Our faith can be based on rational evidence. We have heard of the miracles God has done. We've heard the testimonies. But we often still need to take that first step of faith, that first step of obedience, before we see the miracle in our own lives.
P: Father, lead me step by step, and may I follow You all of my days. In Jesus' name, amen.
Note: this is using the SOAP method. For more information, see this page (not written by me.)