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"And it shall come to pass, as soon as the sales of the feet of the priests who bear the ark of the
LORD, the Lord of all the earth, shall rest in the waters of the Jordan, that the waters of the
Jordan shall be cut off, the waters that come down from upstream, and they shall stand as a
Years ago visitors at one of the nationĀ­ al mints were told by a guide that if they first dipped their
hands in water, a ladle of molten metal could be poured over their outstretched palms without
burning them.
A husband and wife were part of this group. "Perhaps you would like to try it," the guide said to
the husband. The husband drew back sharply, "No thanks," he said. "I'll take your word for it."
The mint employee turned to the wife. "Would you like to try it?" She replied, "Certainly."She
pulled up the sleeve of her blouse and thrust her hand into a bucket of water. Calmly she held her
hand out while the metal was poured over it.
It's obvious that the husband believed at one level, but he wasn't willing to put his belief to the
test. The wife believed on a completely different level. She was willing to take a risk. Joshua and
his people also were faced with a risk.
They needed to cross the dangerous, flood swollen Jordan. God had previously opened the Red

Sea when the people had to cross it, but this time the priests had to step into the water first and
trust the Lord to open the way as they went. They had to get their feet wet and trust that God
would honor their faith.
Many Christians dislike taking risks. They want the way opened before they move out for God.
Often He graciously honors their desire. But we must remember that a risk is only a risk if God
doesn't go with you. We need to step out and trust that God will confirm our faith at the
appropriate time.
If your way seems blocked today, step forward by faith. Be willing to get your feet wet and then
wait for God to respond.

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