I have often thought and have heard others confess, that it would have been really awesome to live in biblical times and to see the miracles of God first hand. Usually it is in the context of talking about faith or the lack there of. I say things like “It would be so much easier to believe or have strong faith in God or Jesus if I was there.” Maybe you have had some of the same feelings or thoughts. Of course I am usually trying to come up with some excuse for my own doubts or lack of faith. But how true is that really?
In Joshua, we are witnessing him taking over for Moses who has just died. The nation has been wandering the desert for 40 years and are now ready to cross over the Jordan and take the land that God promised them. Prophesy is coming true to them. I think about all the miracles they witnessed during those years. I think about the battles they had won. Joshua was right there through it all and you would think that his faith would be strong. But surprisingly God has to remind him several times in chapter one: “Be strong and courageous.”
In the new testament the disciples, who were with Jesus every step of his ministry, witnessed miracles and saw some pretty amazing things. In Luke chapter 9, they see Jesus feed 5000 men, not counting the women and children, with only a five loaves and two fish. It says that they were filled and there were even leftovers. And yet I can’t help but think about what was coming in the near future. How they would abandon Him and doubt Him.
In my own life, if I really think about it, I have seen some pretty amazing things as well. Many of those things I would even consider miraculous. God has shown himself to be faithful and loving and always there for me. In nature, I look around and witness the majesty of a sunrise or the power of the ocean. God is still doing amazing things.
And yet I still doubt Him and my faith is weak. I have to remind myself to be strong and courageous. But I guess that’s ok. I mean if Joshua and the disciples struggled with it, maybe I shouldn’t be so hard on myself. Maybe faith is supposed to be like this so that we have to continually draw close to Him for strength.