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Uncharted Territory



I was reading Joshua this morning and I came across Joshua 3:4 which says, “Since you have never traveled this way before, they will guide you. Stay about half a mile behind them, keeping a clear distance between you and the Ark. Make sure you don’t come any closer.”


I read over this verse and the ones surrounding it a few times and got to thinking about walking through things we have never walked before and how God provides the way and also others who can help us through uncharted territory.


Uncharted territory. We have all probably done something we never thought we would do before. New jobs, jobs that you have no training in, illness, life can spring up things that are so out of the blue that we have to figure out how and where to go next.


Over and over in the Bible we read our how God took men and women who have no idea how to do what God had called them to. He guided them and sent others to them to help them walk through the new and achieve what God had for them.


Genesis 12:1-4 - The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you. I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others. I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you.” So Abram departed as the Lord had instructed, and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he left Haran.


Uncharted territory. Can you imagine seeing Jesus was on water and then saying I Jesus can I come to you?


That had never been seen or done before and in Matthew 14 starting in verse 22 Jesus comes out to the disciples where are in another storm out on the water…. they had been there before and learned the first time this happened not to be afraid but this time they see a man walking on water…. what?


Of course, Peter in Matthew 14:28 says, Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.”


I don’t know about you, but I don’t think I would have done that. But Peter knew that though this had never been seen or done before what if God is in it then it is ok.


If God calls you to something you have no clue how to do know that He will also equip you and prepare you for the task at hand.


Uncharted territory. We have all probably learned to ride a bike and drive a car and so on and so forth with different things.


Riding a bike and driving a car are things we have never done before. We had seen others do it and so we knew it could be done. Seeing others before we go and succeed gives us confidence that we can then do it as well.


With riding a bike and driving a car we were taught by someone. Someone with lots of experience. God will provide others who have gone before us to help us learn new things. He will guide and provide.


Proverbs 3:5-6 tells us, Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.

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