Scripture: Joshua 3-4.
Joshua 3:13 (NLT)
13 The priests will carry the Ark of the LORD, the Lord of all the earth. As soon as their feet touch the water, the flow of water will be cut off upstream, and the river will stand up like a wall.”
Joshua 4:18 (NLT)
18 As soon as the priests carrying the Ark of the LORD’s Covenant came up out of the riverbed and their feet were on high ground, the water of the Jordan returned and overflowed its banks as before.
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my life today?)
I want to draw a parallel between what the Israelites faced at the bank of the Jordan River, and what we sometimes face in life, for I was very much made aware of this as I read this passage this morning. The Israelites marched to the edge of the river, which was flooded over its banks and, with the Ark of the Covenant, they must have wondered OK, now what? I don’t know about you friend, but I sometime face obstacles, where I stop and ponder how will I possibly handle this situation, or overcome this evil act against me, or deal with this giant in front of me. You know, the kind where we throw our hands up and say Lord, without the necessary finances, or the necessary health, or healthcare insurance, or family and friends’ help, I cannot go another mile? But friends, I encourage you to read the above verses again, for in the first verse we see where as soon as the priests acted in faith and made the first step, God took care of the rest. Imagine the miracle of the river waters backing up, and staying backed up to allow 40,000 people to cross on the dry river bed. Imagine the look on the faces of the Israelites when they saw the last man walk out of the river, and the waters resumed their normal flow? Friends, this message spoke very loudly to me this morning, as God opened my eyes to the fact that He loves me so much that He will cause even the river waters to dry up so that I may cross over my mind-blowing obstacles and land safely on the other side. Wow, what an awesome God that we serve! He made us and He could take care of us! Oh for the faith of the Israelites, that we may make the first step in faith believing that our obstacles in life are very minor to God and He could provide a safe passage for us, if only we ask Him to, and if we have the faith to believe in what He directs us to do. I know the Lord will make a way for me! How about you, friend?
(What I will ask of God, in order for me to properly apply His Word to my life)
Like the Israelites, I believe that Your power is more than sufficient to help me overcome all of life’s challenges, dear Lord. Thank You for passages such as this one today that assures us and reminds us of Your power and Your love that shows us that You will hold back the very power of nature to protect Your children. Thank You for loving me this much. Thank You for accepting me as Your child, among Your chosen ones! Oh, how I look forward to the day when I will see You face to face in glory! Praise be the name of the Lord!
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