|Joshua 3:14-17 (TLB)|
|14 …..it was the harvest season and the Jordan was overflowing all its banks; but as the people set out to cross the river and as the feet of the priests who were carrying the Ark touched the water at the river’s edge, 15-16 suddenly, far up the river at the city of Adam, near Zarethan, the water began piling up as though against a dam! And the water below that point flowed on to the Dead Sea until the riverbed was empty. Then all the people crossed at a spot where the river was close to the city of Jericho, 17 and the priests who were carrying the Ark stood on dry ground in the middle of the Jordan and waited as all the people passed by.|
|At this point, Moses had died, and Joshua was about to begin one of his greatest challenges – getting the Ark of the Covenant and the people across the Jordan River. However, Joshua had the leading hand of God directing his path, and the awesome, powerful hand of God making a pathway for he and his people. In Joshua’s eyes, there were huge obstacles in the pathway, but with God all things are possible. We have similar scenarios in our lives, so let’s see how we could apply this….|
|Like me, I’m sure there are times that you look at life’s obstacles and question yourself about how you will overcome this problem or the next. I believe that the first thing we must analyze is whether our dilemma is strictly a personal one, or whether we sought God’s guidance throughout every aspect of the project that we now feel stuck on. There can be obstacles in both scenarios that seem way larger than anything we could handle. For those things that you brought before Jesus before you ever began, and have felt guided by Him every step of the way, let me encourage you to hold fast to what God has led you through so far. When He is ready for you to move on, He will give you further instructions. Remember, God will never lead you to something that He’s not prepared to lead you through! As for the cases that you started on your own and have been trying to accomplish on your own, please never be afraid to go before our awesome God and apologize for being out there in left field on your own. Ask God if this is something that you should abandon or do differently. Invite Him to join you on your journey and to redirect you, if necessary. Friends, God held the river waters back so that His people might go safely across the Jordan River on dry land. Do you think there is any problem or challenge that He can’t easily handle for you? There is no need to worry or be anxious when God is on our side, Surrender yourself, your troubles and your trials to Him so that He might lead, guide and direct you my friend. He’s got this!|
|Lord Jesus, thank You for Your awesome power, love and guidance that You carefully display towards Your children at just the right times. You have helped many cope with loss of loved ones, guided some to foreign lands, helped many across troubled waters, healed the sick and comforted the broken hearted. In spite of all this, yet we doubt when things are not moving in the direction we choose or at the speed we prefer. Thank You Lord for loving us like Your very own children, and thank You for Your promise to be with us until the very end. Help us to be forever grateful and appreciative and to always seek Your face first, before making our decisions and our moves. AMEN!|
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At this point, Moses had died, and Joshua was about to begin one of his greatest challenges – getting the Ark of the Covenant and the people across the Jordan River. However, Joshua had the leading hand of God directing his path, and the awesome, powerful hand of God making a pathway for he and his people. In Joshua’s eyes, there were huge obstacles in the pathway, but with God all things are possible. We have similar scenarios in our lives, so let’s see how we could apply this….