Contemporary English Version (CEV)
Stepping out in faith can seem like a crazy thing to do.
Imagine being one of the Israelites, walking through the sea with a wall of water on each side, wondering if it would hold or the world would come crashing down on you.
Imagine wandering around Jericho, following instructions to the letter but wondering what the point was, curious as to whether this plan could actually defeat a town.
Imagine Rahab, hiding in fear, wondering if these foreign soldiers would keep their promises or not.
So often, we doubt. Doubt is not unhealthy, but it can lead us to fear, which paralyzes us. Because we can't see the long term outcome, we stay in a more comfortable place, a place that is known, versus wandering into the unknown. Our faith calls us forward, but we like to stay in the certainty of our surroundings.
Faith means following a God who calls us into the wild unknown and promises to always be with us. It doesn't grant certainty, but it does promises abundant life.