Stepping into Miracles: Trusting God’s Faithfulness in Impossible Situations

Published on May 20, 2024
Category: Devotion | Behold!

Read: Joshua 1-3

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 waters 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 (that is, the Dead Sea) was completely cut off. So the people crossed over opposite Jericho. The priests who carried the ark of the covenant of the Lord stopped in the middle of the Jordan and stood on dry ground, while all Israel passed by until the whole nation had completed the crossing on dry ground.

Joshua 3:15-17

God is faithful and all-powerful.

In the book of Joshua, we find the Israelites standing on the brink of a miraculous crossing. The mighty Jordan River roared before them, swollen with floodwaters, seemingly impossible to cross. Fear and doubt must have crept into their hearts as they faced this daunting obstacle. But God, in His faithfulness, had a plan to display His power and lead them into the promised land.

God instructed His people to sanctify themselves and prepare for the journey ahead. He appointed the priests to carry the ark of the covenant, a symbol of His presence and faithfulness. As they set out, the Israelites were to follow at a distance, keeping their focus on the ark, honoring the holy nature of God’s presence.

It was when the priests stepped into the waters that it stopped. The waters piled up in a great heap, providing a dry path for the Israelites to cross. In an instant, what seemed impossible became possible. It was at the moment when their feet touched the water’s edge that God intervened remarkably. Faith rose within their hearts with every step, trusting in the One who had brought them out of Egypt and sustained them through the wilderness. God’s power and faithfulness were on full display. As they walked through the parted waters, the Israelites witnessed first-hand the miraculous provision of their heavenly Father.

We often find ourselves facing overwhelming circumstances. We encounter rivers that seem impossible and challenges that appear insurmountable. Yet, in our doubts and fears, God calls us to trust Him and step out in faith. God desires to lead us into greater victories, but it requires our obedience and willingness to follow His guidance. He invites us to sanctify ourselves, setting ourselves apart from the distractions and concerns of this world. As we consecrate our hearts to Him, our focus becomes fixed on His presence and promises.

Would you step into the water and trust God today? In your seemingly impossible situation, would you take that step of faith, however small and insignificant, and trust our all-powerful God to intervene in miraculous ways? What fears and doubts prevent you from fully trusting God’s power and faithfulness? How can you sanctify and set yourself apart to focus more on God’s presence and promises?


Lord though fears and doubts abound, I choose to trust you today in my impossible situation, Amen.

Scripture Writing: Isaiah 43:2

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Preethi Alice Jacob

Preethi Jacob is the author of the yearlong devotional At the Potter’s Wheel, Day by Day. Her journey includes teaching a Bible Study Fellowship class, teaching and leading the Sunday School ministry in her church, leading Bible studies, besides counselling young women. She serves on the Global Mission Team of the United Bible Societies and lives in Bangalore, India with her husband and two young adult children.

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