No Easy-Believism in "Believe"

by Wayne Barber

The Christian life is all about trusting God. Trusting God involves believing in Him!

God told Joshua: "Moses My servant is dead; now therefore arise, cross this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them, to the sons of Israel. Every place on which the sole of your foot treads, I have given it to you, just as I spoke to Moses (Josh. 1:2-3).

The significance of the phrase "I am giving to them" is important. He had given them the land, as is documented in numerous passages.  But the key here is in verse 3: "every place on which the sole of your foot treads."  God is simply saying, "Trust Me! In every step of the way, trust Me! Believe Me!"

 Consider every step holy! This is the first part of walking by faith-trusting the character of God and allowing Him to lead you. The second involves the Word of God: "Only be strong and very courageous; be careful to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success" (vv. 7-8).

Meditate in God's Word. Ponder it!  Chew on it!  Let it saturate even what you say. Abraham is a beautiful illustration of this. In Genesis 22 God said some tough things to him. God told him to offer up his son as a burnt offering.

The next verse (v. 9) begins, "So Abraham." Do we realize that this is the way we as believers should all be living? Trusting God is believing in Him so that in every step of the way we are willing to die to our own understanding, and accept what He says. "Kill my son? He is the door to all the covenant promises!" had to go through Abraham's mind. Trusting in God is believing in Him to the point that we are willing to die to our fleshly emotion. (But I love my son!) And trusting in God is to be willing to die to our fleshly will-and simply do what God says. "So Abraham"!!

Only when we trust the character of God are we truly believing in Him! Only then will we ever accept His Word!!! The instructions to Joshua and Israel  are no different than they are to us! People who want more than the Word of God have a serious problem with their trust in the character of God! They simply don't believe in Him.

When we are believing in Him this involves a knowing-an inward knowing that He goes before us! Joshua chapter 2 tells of sending the spies over into the land to get a report. Only two spies were sent and the story of what happened to them should assure all of us that when we walk by faith trusting God and His Word that He is way ahead of us! There are no "what if's" when we live this way.

In chapter 2, we are introduced to Rahab, whom God had already drawn to Himself and she had been delivered from being a prostitute. God had prepared her to protect His people. She hid the spies and made them promise her that they would spare her when they captured the city. It was through Rehab that they learned that God had already melted the hearts of the enemy: "I know that the Lord has given you the land, and that the terror of you has fallen on us, and that all the inhabitants of the land have melted away before you" (2:9).

When we walk by faith God always goes before us and prepares the way. So, if we are going to possess the life that we have in Christ we are going to have to learn to trust Him! We must trust His Divine intervention in our lives. We must believe that nothing gets to us unless it gets to Him first.

Wayne Barber is senior pastor of Hoffmantown Church

in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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