Follow His Lead


Jesus is constantly acting in our defense and leading our offense. His guidance helps us become as loving and patient as He is—if we’ll follow His lead.

This is where the Israelites crossed the Jordan on dry ground. For the Lord your God dried up the river right before your eyes, …just as he did at the Red Sea. Joshua 4:22–23, NLT

“Mom, Cali has a bad surprise for you!”

My son’s announcement rang from the hallway to the kitchen where I was fixing breakfast. A moment later, both kids appeared, Paxton leading the way for his sister. Two-year-old Calianne had taken off another messy diaper and was shuffling behind him, holding out the stinking offender.

I cringed, but then had to smile at my precious pair—Cali in her innocence, and Paxton in his element as her guide. I could almost hear him whisper to her, “Don’t worry, I’ve got your back. I’ll tell Mom for you.”

And once again, Jesus reminded me how He truly “has our backs” through our ups and downs, and how He also walks ahead of us to shield us from what’s to come.

Joshua 4 tells how God prepared the Israelites to conquer Jericho. Have you ever wondered why He parted the Red Sea and the Jordan River? Surely He wasn’t yawning in heaven: “Well, that parting the waters trick worked once; I may as well do it again.”


God parted the Red Sea to save His people from Egyptian tyranny—an act in their defense. He parted the Jordan River to prepare them for an offensive move—to claim victory of the life He had promised them. Sandwiched between the miracles were forty years of wilderness waiting.

Through any “stinking” circumstance, Jesus is constantly acting in our defense and leading our offense, for His glory and our good. As 2 Thessalonians 3:5 says, His guidance helps us become loving and patient as He is—if we’ll follow His lead.

FAITH STEP: Buy a small windowsill plant as a reminder that Jesus’ presence helps you thrive in any circumstance, just like sunshine grows your plant. Each time you water it, think of Jesus parting your troubles to see you through to His promises.

Contributed by Erin Keeley Marshall

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