“It was the harvest season, and the Jordan was overflowing its banks. But as soon as the feet of the priests who were carrying the Ark touched the water at the river’s edge, the water above that point began backing up a great distance away at a town called Adam, which is near Zarethan. And the water below that point flowed on to the Dead Sea until the riverbed was dry. Then all the people crossed over near the town of Jericho.” Joshua 3:15-16 NLT
I was driving to Little Rock Arkansas this past weekend and couldn’t help but notice that the water was exceptionally high. The river had crested and water was covering fields and roads near the river. I was grateful to be on the bridge driving over the flooded fields. Somewhere at sometime an engineer had to have thought about how long that bridge needed to be to get over flooded waters during harvest time.
I’m not too fond of bridges but I was grateful to have one as I looked at the turbulent and angry river below. I can only imagine how intimidating it must’ve been for the Israelites who were crossing over into their Promised Land with a flooded river in front of them with no bridge.
God told Joshua that the people would crossover through a flooded river! Have you any river that seems uncrossable? Is there anything in your way blocking you from the promises of God? How do you crossover a raging river without a boat or a bridge?
- God told Joshua to consecrate or purify the people because tomorrow they would cross over. Our miracle begins with our consecration. We have to prepare ourselves for something holy to happen. Fasting and prayer are a part of this. We can’t get over until we make up our minds to clean up.
- God told the priests to step in the water first. The faith leaders had to step into uncharted waters first in order for God to push the waters back. We have to step out on faith so everybody else can cross over.
- The priests stood in the middle of it until all the people had crossed over. It had to be unnerving to stand in the middle of a dry waterbed knowing that at any minute the water being held back by forces unknown could come crashing down at any moment. As leaders of our families, businesses, and churches; we have to stand in the middle of uncertainty until everyone crosses over. I wonder if anybody even said “Thank you,” while they were walking past the priest.
When the last person crosses over the priests came out carrying the Ark of the Covenant and the waters closed back up. God got them over!
It’s your season to get all the way over this thing that has been blocking you. Purify yourself, step out on faith, and stand still until God gets everybody across then thank him for all he’s done!
Thank you for getting us over the flooded river of chaos. It was intimidating but you’ve been a bridge over troubled waters. I’m excited about the promises on the other side of this. Thank you for not allowing us to panic or give up in the middle of our transition from the wilderness to the promise. You are an amazing God!
In Jesus’ Name,