There is a river in the way. But God said that the river would not be an issue. It would not be a problem. Like the Red Sea, God can do something miraculous.
But the Israelites needed to trust. And that is where we find ourselves.
This post is building on the previous two posts.
Pretend you are a drone, a thousand feet above the Israelite camp. You can see the Jordan river, which flows from north to south, making up the eastern border of Canaan. On the right (or east side) of the river, there stands Israel. Right now, a nation without a home. I wonder how many tents we would see. Are the animals in pens or able to roam free? This map is an estimation of the crossing location.
Everything seems to be ready. Israel is probably excited because they are (after 40 years) about to enter God’s promised land! Only one obstacle left!
Joshua 3 gives us insight to our situation. Here are the first 4 verses.
“1Early in the morning Joshua and all the Israelites set out from Shittim and went to the Jordan, where they camped before crossing over. 2After three days the officers went throughout the camp, 3giving orders to the people: “When you see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, and the Levitical priests carrying it, you are to move out from your positions and follow it. 4Then you will know which way to go, since you have never been this way before. But keep a distance of about two thousand cubitsa between you and the ark; do not go near it.””
From these verses, even though the people were apparently ready, God was not.
Verse 3 tells the people to follow the ark. They should be used to this by now.
Verse 4 explains why. This was new ground, literally. They had never been there before.
Here is the connection to you and I in 2018.
We are ready for God to do a miracle. At least we think we are.
We want God to bolster our financial situation.
We want God to heal broken relationships.
We want God to exact revenge on the idiots in our life.
We want…it seems we are always ready for a miracle.
But are we really?
God had a slightly different plan. He wanted to be in front. He needed to be in front.
That means He gets the glory.
And many times, our desires keep God somewhere other than the front.
The ark needed to go first. That was true for Joshua and the Israelites.
The ark (God) needs to be first in all we do. That is our take-home truth for today.