Well, the year is almost finished. Christmas is over. 2018 is almost done.
As part of my year-end routine, I think back and reminisce. Inevitably, my thoughts meandered to this blog. If I may assist your remembering, here are links to the previous posts on Joshua, the Israelites, and the crossing of the Jordan river.
- 40 years and 97 days!; 2. Crowd or Committed? ; 3. Rivers: obstacles or opportunities? 4. This ark don’t float! 5. Let it go…and not the song from Frozen.
These blogs speak about the Israel nation as they approached the Jordan river. This river marked the border of the Promised Land. They were almost there! And like I said at the end of “40 years and 97 days!”, they needed to prepare for war.
God designed it so that His people would need to fight their way through the land. Living in freedom was going to take work. No, not work, war.
I will try to connect the dots in my head now so this blog might actually make sense to you (and me).
As I recall 2018, there were many hardships and accomplishments. From travels to remodels, lots happened.
But there is more. My relationship with God has room for growth. So while 2018 was good, 2019 will be better.
The Israelites had food to eat. They were surrounded by families. Everything they needed, they had while in Egypt. But they were still in bondage.
Does that feeling ever relate to your life? I have nothing to complain about in my life but I can’t shake the feeling that there is more. Like I am on the verge of entering the Promised land.
So the need for war.
I want more in 2019. That basically means I am signing up for war. As a follower of Christ, I am already in a war. But I want to fight head on, on the front lines.
Perhaps the people of Israel were ready to fight. It seems that, at this point, they were ready. Primed, if you will.
The Jordan river is the only thing left in their way. And it would take a miracle.
Now, as I look forward to 2019, there are some expectations I have:
- 2019 will be better than 2018.
- My relationship with God will grow.
- I will be in a war.
- I need a miracle.
I have one more post for 2018. It will also be the last post about the Israelites and their miracle-working God at the river Jordan.
You might be in need of a miracle. In reality, we all do. God has to do something because life would not be worth living without His touch. The only way to cross over Jordan and into God’s freedom is through a miracle.
Let God make 2019 miraculous!
Don’t know what a miracle looks like?
Please tune in a few days from now to read about the Anatomy of a Miracle.
Miracles happen everyday. I think some of us get too caught up in wanting the ‘big’ one. Today I see the miracle of rain, God washing away as much filth as He can. I see the miracle of my granddaughter as how God creates life and supplies us with abundance and unending joy. I see it in the smile of a friend who is hurting and know what it took to smile. Maybe I need to not look at them as miracles but as God working in my life and showing me what is really important. Thanks Tim, it makes me think of how I let these small things pass me each day in a blink of an eye.
You are welcome Rick. God is truly everywhere!