Make "Resolve" A Habit

There’s no substitute for the habit of resolve. And often it can feel like you’re stepping into the unknown or even certain peril. When facing that first step we have to be honest enough to own what could potentially happen and resolve to go anyway. When you put your toe in the Jordan you may witness a parting of the waters, but you may well not. God is always at work and He may make the way clear, but we might just have to get wet.  

We can’t impose on God how He delivers us, we just know that He will. When Joshua was initially called by God to make his crossing he had no idea how the miracle of crossing the Jordan would happen. He didn’t know if God would send rafts or provide the strength for the entire nation to swim for it. But Joshua knew one critical thing, and this we must allow God to etch on the walls of our minds: If God has placed a dream on our heart, He has the plan and the power to get us from here to there. We just need to step out.

Every big step of faith in our life must be a God thing. But a “God thing” doesn’t come in a tidy package. Faith is at the heart of every step we take to go over, and faith requires a little trembling. So we need to anchor ourselves in truth when we step out in faith. God is “doing a new thing” and He will “make a way.” 

Expect the difficult. If there is a mountain in front of us, plan to climb it. If there is a river, plan to get wet. The Jordan was ultimately stopped up and the river bed wasn’t even damp, but Joshua couldn’t know that until they began crossing.

Don’t wait for the miracle that makes going look easy. In all the forecasting God gives us, He almost never gives us the details of the plan. That’s for one simple reason: The dream God has given us can only be realized through utter dependence. Faith is what keeps us from falling away, and faith is what gives us follow-through. Make a resolve to “go over” knowing full well it may be a tough crossing.

Isaiah 43:19