I kept hearing the book of Joshua for many sermons and I thought to myself “maybe God is telling me I need to read this book again”. As believers in the Christ we are to renew our mind’s daily on the Word of God. Even if we have read a verse one hundred times, God grants us new eyes and gives us fresh revelation for the season we are in. The same scripture can speak to us in several different ways because our Father knows what we need to hear. Maybe it’s a confirming word we need, or words of encouragement, a word of healing, whatever it may be God loves for us to engage him.
So I started reading the book of Joshua and from the get-go verses were speaking to my spirit, I found myself highlighting almost everything I was reading. Although everything was very meaningful, Chapter 3 in Joshua stood out most. Let me set the tone for my readers.
Joshua is leading the Israelites through the desert to get to the promise land, and at this point he is taking the place of Moses. The Israelites are traveling with what little belongings they have and the sacred ark of the covenant. The ark of the covenant is the dwelling place of the Lord, and the priests were the ones to carry it because they were Holy people. In this particular chapter the Lord spoke to Joshua and said to have the priests with the ark of covenant walk ahead of him to cross the Jordan river. He also told Joshua, “Yet there shall be space between you and it, about two thousand cubits by measure. Do not come near it, that you may know the way by which you must go, for you have not passed this way before”. And Joshua said to the people “sanctify yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you”. Jos 3:4-5
Fast forward a couple of verses. God was going to be glorified in this miracle about to take place but he also wanted to exalt Joshua among the Israelites and show them that he was anointed like Moses. The same promises that God has made to Moses were extended to Joshua.
God instructed for the priest to cross the Jordan with one man from each of the 12 tribes of Israel and that when they crossed with them, the waters of the Jordan river would cut off, and the waters that come down from upstream will stand in a heap.
“So it was, when the people set out from their camp to cross over the Jordan, with the priests bearing the ark of the covenant before the people, and as those who bore the ark came to the Jordan, and the feet of the priest who bore the ark dipped in the edge of the water that the waters which came down from upstream stood still, and rose in a heap very far away at Adam, the city that is beside Zaretan. So the waters that went down into the Sea of Arabah, the Salt Sea, failed, and were cut off, and the people crossed over opposite Jericho. Then the priest who bore the ark of the covenant of the Lord stood firm on dry ground in the midst of the Jordan; and all Israel crossed over on dry ground, until the people had crossed completely over the Jordan.” Jos. 3:14-17
There are a couple of things I took away from this amazing story.
- If we think we have God figured out and know exactly how he is going to move. God is doing it differently. Because he says; “do not go near it, that you may know the way by which you must go, for you HAVE NOT passed this way before”. He is basically saying stand back and watch the way you need to go. Stand back and let God lead so he can get the Glory.
- Walk in obedience to the Lord’s instruction and he will perform the miraculous.
- Step out. Joshua gave instruction to the priests, the 12 men from the tribe of Israel and the people, and said step into the Jordan river and the water will cut off. The crazy part is that the Jordan river overflows all its banks during the whole time of harvest, so for it to stand still was supernatural.
- God is the God of promises. He cannot lie, everything he speaks is truth and going to be fulfilled. He kept his promises to Joshua, the same way he did Moses, and the same way he will for you and me. God set the Israelites feet on dry ground across the Jordan river in order to get to the promise land.
After reading this story my faith was fueled by the power, love and promises of God. The Lord guided me to read the book of Joshua again because in my spiritual season I needed to be reminded of the supernatural God I serve. I pray this blessed you all and that you keep walking in obedience to see the mighty power of God unleashed from the unhinged heavens. Amen.