Message Series // Stand Alone – Uncharted Territory
Message Date // November 29, 2020 (Jamie Heiner)
As we travel through this life God has given us, there will be times when He wants us to move forward into uncharted territory. God will ask us to do something we’ve never done before, but it’s an opportunity for us, if we are obedient, to see God do something great. It could be a new job, a move, a conversation, or a decision. Whatever it is, it will probably be scary, but the Bible communicates to us that we can face the uncharted waters, take our next step in faith, and trust that God will be with us throughout the whole process.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9
Read the story of Joshua leading the Israelites across the Jordan River in Joshua 3:1-17. There are about 2 million Israelites lined up to cross the Jordan River, ready to take their final step toward the “promised land”, but it’s during the flood stage season. This means the Jordan River isn’t 100 feet wide anymore…it’s one mile wide. Put yourself in their shoes. God is asking you to move forward into uncharted territory, and that includes crossing a rushing river that’s a mile wide. What is going through your mind? How are you feeling? What would be your honest perspective on God’s plan?
God repeatedly reminds Joshua to move forward in strength and courage. Read these reminders in Joshua 1:6,7, 9, & 18. In what ways has God asked you to move forward into uncharted territory in the past? What were lessons you learned during the journey into the unknown?
One of the cool moments in the story of the Israelites crossing the Jordan River is when the priests step in the water (3:15-17). Once they step in, God holds back the water so everyone can cross over on dry ground. They take a step out in faith…then God moves. This can be true for us also when God wants us to step out in faith. We step out…God moves. Why do you think God wants us to take the first step before He does something great? How have you seen this play out in your own life?
We too can be strong and courageous when facing uncharted territory. Reflect back on Joshua 1:8-9. Is there uncharted territory God is urging you to embark on? Often the first step is the hardest step…but what is one next step you can take? How can your small group help you find strength and courage to venture forward?