The entire church and each small group is going through the new book What do you do when God doesn't show up the way you thought he would? Plan B by Pete Wilson. I am now through the first 5 chapters and I am really enjoying this book. What I really like about it so far is that Mr. Wilson doesn't give you the "church" answer for the problems that are happening in your life. What he does is reach far beyond those answers and fills you with hope and encouragement.
In the chapter titled Your Jordan one of the key things we read is Exodus 33:7-8, 11 - these verses are 45 years before Joshua faced his Jordan. The children of Israel were still living in the wilderness, with Moses leading the way. And this is what happened:
7)And Moses took the tabernacle, and pitched it without the camp, afar off from the camp, and called it the Tabernacle of the congregation. And it came to pass, that every one which sought the LORD went out unto the tabernacle of the congregation, which was without the camp. 8)And it came to pass, when Moses went out unto the tabernacle, that all the people rose up, and stood every man at his tent door, and looked after Moses, until he was gone into the tabernacle.11) The LORD would speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks with his friend. Then Moses would return to the camp, but his young aide Joshua son of Nun did not leave the tent.
What he wanted us to see was that before Joshua was a leader to the people, Joshua spent a lot of time face to face with God. That's why he's able to trust God when others around him couldn't. Joshua learned if you want faith enough to live the life God's called you to live, time with God is simply a must.
The thing is, trust takes practice. It works better in the text of a prior relationship. Isn't it easier to trust someone you know?
So many times I have looked at my life and what I had planned for it and realize that this isn't the plan that God had for me. I am sure that many of you have experienced this as well. I can't wait to continue reading this book and see what God wants to teach. He never fails to blow me away with something new each and every day.