Faith is not limited by distance. Living by faith must be blind to geographic distance and physical obstacles to fulfillment of that faith. We see this illustrated as Joshua and the nation of Israel were about to cross the Jordan River and enter the promised land. Joshua ordered the priests to go first and the nation would follow. Joshua 3:16 says ‘Yet as soon as the priests who carried the ark reached the Jordan River and their feet touched the water’s edge, the water from upstream stopped flowing. It piled up in a heap a great distance away, at a town called Adam…..’ Note that the priests, following Joshua’s directive, put their feet in the water at the edge of the river. Something started to happen to the river, but it did not where the priests had entered. The river started to back up at Adam, a town about 15 miles upstream. A supernatural dam was created pushing back the water ‘in a heap’ far from the feet of the priests, far from the point of their faith. The river water at the priest’s feet must have continued to move on past until all the water contained in those 15 miles of river bed passed on by and went downstream. When the water had passed by a pathway across the Jordan emerged and the people crossed over. This was a supernatural manifestation of faith.
I wonder what was going through the minds of the priests as the water continued to flow as they stood in the river. Did they notice it was diminishing in volume? Did they begin to question Joshua’s directive? Did they think ‘how long must I stand here to see the hand of God move’? Scripture does not reflect their thoughts only their actions. Whatever their thoughts were we only know that their act of faith caused a supernatural reaction 15 miles away that opened the way for Israel into the Promised Land.
Our acts of faith are not limited by geographic distance or physical barriers. Many leaders choose to go by what we see. If we don’t see what we desire immediately in front of us, we may question if it is going to happen. Our natural eyes may not be an accurate reflection of what God is doing or what is happening in the Spirit realm as a result of our faith.
Today you are acting by faith in some area of your life and ministry. Your feet are in the water on the edge of the Jordan, but the water is still flowing and remains an obstacle to moving forward. Faint not! Do not lose heart! Stand there…..wait for that supernatural event that will hold back the water in the distance. God is moving in faraway places bringing fulfillment to your faith. Stay focused and stay in the water. Somewhere faraway the water is being pushed ‘in a heap’ on your behalf!!