I have often heard that faith, in relation to religion, is to believe in something that we cannot see. After all, faith is the evidence of things unseen (Hebrews 11:1).
Billy Graham gave us an analogy this way:
“Can You See God? You Haven’t Seen Him? I’ve Never Seen The Wind. I See The Effects Of The Wind, But I’ve Never Seen The Wind. There’s A Mystery To It.”
And while I agree, I’d also like to submit that faith is not only a noun, but rather, it is a verb.
If you have been keeping up with the daily readings, you’ve been on this journey with us through the Old Testament. All along the way, God has provided instruction, and then someone helps fulfill God’s plan through action (a verb).
Joshua 3 & 4 are going to be no different. Joshua and the Israelites have traveled to the Jordan River. They were told to follow the Ark of the Covenant and the priests carrying it and they would be provided safe passage across the Jordan.
So, they do as they are instructed. Faith is put into action.
Notice how faithful God. He makes the flowing Jordan river stand up in a heap and the priests carrying the ark along with the people of Israel crossed over on dry ground. Once everyone finished crossing, the Lord instructed Joshua to have 12 men, one from each tribe, select stones.
The stones were carried over to their camp and Joshua placed them in the spot where the priests who carried the ark had stood. He tells the Israelites, “In the future when your descendants ask their parents, ‘What do these stones mean?’ tell them, ‘Israel crossed the Jordan on dry ground.’ For the Lord your God dried up the Jordan before you until you had crossed over. The Lord your God did to the Jordan what he had done to the Red Sea[c] when he dried it up before us until we had crossed over. He did this so that all the peoples of the earth might know that the hand of the Lord is powerful and so that you might always fear the Lord your God” (vv.21-24).
Notice all of the action works throughout these chapters. Faith is a belief, but our faith is something we do.
These two chapters encourage us to turn our faith into action and then to tell others of God’s faithfulness