October 22, 2012

Stand // Day 6

Hidden Pathways

Your road led through the sea, your pathway through the mighty waters—a pathway no one knew was there!” Psalm 77:19 (NLT)

The most exciting part of being a Christ follower to me is the adventure of faith we get to enjoy in the journey. When we take our stand for Christ, our lives are no longer our own! Jesus’ invitation simply involved two words. “Follow me.” That presupposes that He is the leader, right? This is great news to control freaks like me who too often think they have to figure it all out and “have the plan.” Yet, the Bible teaches us that we are to walk by faith and not by sight. It’s that kind of faith that makes the journey an adventure! As we learn to trust Christ, He leads us in ways we would have never considered.

One of the Psalms recently revealed that to me as I was reading one morning in prayer over direction about decisions for which I had no confident answers. I couldn’t see how God would make a way, and I was, as usual, trying to help Him out by considering a number of possibilities as to how God could do it. In all my planning, I turned to my daily reading in the Bible and came across a passage in the Psalms that leaped off the page at me. The Psalmist himself was crying out to God, discouraged and distressed, feeling lost in what to do and asking God for help. Rather than despair, he began recalling how God had worked in the past in leading Israel — performing miracles in delivering them from Egypt and bringing them into the Promised Land. As he reflected on the ways of God, he said in Psalm 77:19 (NLT) “Your road led through the sea, your pathway through the mighty waters— a pathway no one knew was there!”

Then it hit me! “The path is often hidden until we start the journey!” Our confidence is not in knowing where we are going but in knowing God! The point is that God can make a way where there seems to be no way, He works in ways we cannot see! There are hidden pathways that only God knows about. But, until we step out in faith believing God, we can never leave an eternal footprint.

Often, we let fear prevent us from taking that step. If we are to stand fearless, we must trust that God has hidden pathways that no one knew were there; and He will make them known to us when we need them. It wasn’t until God’s people put their foot in the water that the Jordan River parted. Talk about an adventure in faith! Joshua tells us how it happened. In Joshua 3:8 (NIV) God instructs him, “Tell the priests who carry the ark of the covenant: ‘When you reach the edge of the Jordan’s waters, go and stand in the river.'” Then, he records what happened next in Joshua 3:13 (NIV) “And 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.”

Finding hidden pathways you never knew were there is always an adventure in faith! When the priests took their stand by stepping into what seemed like a foolish and impossible journey, a hidden pathway opened up and the Jordan River parted. Joshua adds an important footnote that’s so easy to overlook. He reminds his readers that the Jordan River was at flood stage. Read what he says:

Now the Jordan is at flood stage all during harvest. Yet as soon as the priests who carried the ark reached the Jordan and their feet touched the water’s edge, the water from upstream stopped flowing. It piled up in a heap a great distance away, at a town called Adam in the vicinity of Zarethan, while the water flowing down to the Sea of the Arabah (the Salt Sea) was completely cut off. So the people crossed over opposite Jericho. The priests who carried the ark of the covenant of the LORD stood firm on dry ground in the middle of the Jordan, while all Israel passed by until the whole nation had completed the crossing on dry ground.” Joshua 3:15-17 (NIV)

Regardless how impossible your situation seems, consider for a moment that God has a hidden pathway you cannot see. Don’t look for the pathway. Look for God. Press into your relationship with Him, and let Him guide you in the wonderful adventure of faith. Relax and let Him direct your path. Enjoy the journey!