WHEN JOSHUA STEPS OUT IN FAITH, GOD MIRACULOUSLY MAKES A WAY THROUGH THE JORDAN
“As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them.” — Joshua 1:5-6
When Moses, the great leader of the Israelites, was taken to heaven, God chose Joshua to be his successor. This man of God had stood faithfully at Moses’ side throughout the forty years of wilderness wandering. God anointed Joshua to carry on the legacy of Moses and rise up to be the new leader of the people.
As this new generation of Israelites stood poised and ready to enter the Promised Land, they saw before them the Jordan River. This was not a mere stream. This was a mighty river that at harvest time became a torrent. The people must have been disheartened. It would take a mighty God to work a miracle for them. Yet Joshua had steadfast faith in just such a God. He believed their Almighty God would work the miraculous.
“Joshua told the people, ‘Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you.’” — Joshua 3:5
It was Joshua’s resolute faith that paved the way for God to do the impossible. Joshua called upon the people to consecrate themselves, to dedicate themselves to God and His will. The Jordan River before them appeared to be a seemingly impassable obstacle. Yet Joshua remembered the miraculous deliverance of God many years before. Their Yahweh God had parted the sea and allowed the Israelites to pass through on dry land to escape the Egyptians. Joshua had steadfast faith in this mountain moving God that He would again see them through. Their omnipotent God would step in and show His mighty power on their behalf.
“Come here and listen to the words of the Lord your God… As soon as the priests who carry the ark of the Lord—the Lord of all the earth—set foot in the Jordan, its waters flowing downstream will be cut off and stand up in a heap.” — Joshua 3:9, 13
God acts when we step out in faith. The ark of the covenant, the glory of God’s presence with the Israelites, was brought to the edge of the Jordan. As soon as the priests stepped into the river, the waters stopped flowing, piling in a heap upstream. A path opened for the people to follow, and the entire Israelite nation passed through the dry riverbed to the opposite shore. This new generation saw that their God could be trusted to keep His promises. He was the One in whom they could place their unwavering faith.
“Your path led through the sea, Your way through the mighty waters, though Your footprints were not seen.” — Psalm 77:19
Almighty God had opened up an entrance for His people into this new chapter of their lives. When all the Israelites reached the other side of the river, the priests carried the ark of the covenant up onto the new land. The Jordan River immediately began flowing at its torrential pace. The God of miracles had once again displayed His mighty power.
“He did this so that all the peoples of the earth might know that the hand of the Lord is powerful and so that you might always fear the Lord your God.” — Joshua 4:24
Joshua’s steadfast faith in his all-powerful God had been rewarded. The faith of the people was restored as they set out to claim this Promised Land as their own. This new generation of Israelites were convinced that their God would be with them wherever they would go.
God wants to see that we believe Him for who He is and what He can do in our lives. He is our mighty God. He wants us to trust Him absolutely. When we take that step of faith, He acts… setting in motion that which only He can do. His power is manifested in miraculous ways.
Do we have the steadfast faith of Joshua? Are we trusting the Almighty One unwaveringly? Do we look to Him to do the miraculous in our lives?