My wife and I had a strenuous honeymoon. We drove from England to Switzerland and completed a series of day hikes in the Alps. One excursion to a glacier required us to ascend a forty-foot rock face on rope ladders and steel steps. Swinging in the breeze on the ropes was a little nerve-racking but it beat having to make the ascent free-style, nothing but hand and footholds.
God has us on a faith climb and stairs are heaven’s way too. Here’s an example from Israel’s wilderness journey:
Moses commanded Joshua at that time, saying, “Your eyes have seen all that the Lord your God has done to these two kings; so the Lord shall do to all the kingdoms into which you are about to cross. Do not fear them, for the Lord your God is the one fighting for you.” (Deut. 3:21-22)
Moses referred to the Sihon, king of the Amorites, and Og, king of Bashan. The defeat of Sihon encouraged Israel when she faced Og. Both victories built Joshua’s courage to conquer the promised land. Each successful military campaign gave Israel’s faith a boost for the next battle.
Joshua’s faith could never focus on Israel’s capability in battle; it centered on God fighting on her behalf. God did that because she was marching into His purposes for her. When we are living according to God’s instructions, doing His will, then we can be assured of His victory at each step of the way. Each battle won is like another riser or rung on the stairway of faith. That’s another reason to keep a record of what God does for us. Link to Journaling.