I see something now beginning to appear from all the accounts I've read so far from the lives of people in the Bible, till Joshua.
Word-God gave His people, His Word, a Promise about a future event regarding their life.
Faith-People believing that God is able to do what He has promised and willing to wait or to do whatever required of them in the meanwhile and trust God with their lives, no matter how long the wait would be.No matter how tough the situations would be
Rewards-That faith then producing results in the lives of the people who believed God for His Word.
Lets see some examples from Joshua's life since this is the latest I have written about.
- Crossing Jordan: WORD- Joshua 3:7-8"7The LORD told Joshua, "Today I will begin to make you great in the eyes of all the Israelites. Now they will know that I am with you, just as I was with Moses. 8Give these instructions to the priests who are carrying the Ark of the Covenant: `When you reach the banks of the Jordan River, take a few steps into the river and stop.' " FAITH-Joshua 3:13-By Faith Joshua tells the Israelites what the Lord would do.Now let's also remember the fact that, river Jordan was in flood during this season and Joshua asked the leaders to step out into the water. Can you imagine someone asking people to step out into the flood waters? REWARD-Joshua 3:15-16 " 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 water's edge, 16 the water from upstream stopped flowing. It piled up in a heap a great distance away.... "
- Conquering Jericho:WORD-Joshua 6:2 " Then the LORD said to Joshua, "See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, along with its king and its fighting men." FAITH-Joshua 6- We see Joshua instructing the army and marching around the city (the weirdest battle ever) with trumpets all the seven days. REWARDS-Joshua 6:24-27 The Lord honoured Joshua and they won the battle there.
Lesson: I see a pattern here, between the time God promised something and by the time it really happened, there was a time, sometimes to wait, sometimes to do something. However at the end of the time when they lived their faith the reward was exactly as God promised.
In our lives too, God would have promised us something regarding our lives, now its on our part to trust God with His promise, because as is written in 1 Corinthians 1:9 "God, who has called you into fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful." With the way the world is going, there is no value of someone's words anymore. We cannot trust anyone, but its not so with God.
In the time when we are waiting for God's promises to be fulfilled in our lives, maybe for a job, maybe for healing, maybe for marriage, maybe for the salvation of our loved ones. God has promised us through His Word and He is able. While we wait, are we willing to continue to trust him like Abraham did for over 25 yrs until he got his very own son or like Joseph did for 13yrs till he became the prime minister. God is able. If someone had to write the testimonies of the many believers around the world right now, who trusted God's Word for various issues and were blessed in their waiting period, it would surely be the largest book. Lets have Faith in the Word of promise our God has given us regarding whatever we're facing in life, for in due time we will reap the Rewards.