Go Stand in the River

I was talking to my grandmother, Momsy, the other day. She pointed something out to me that I hadn’t really thought about before. When the Israelites were getting ready to cross the River Jordan into the Promise Land, did you know that the priests who were carrying the ark of the Lord were told to go and stand in the river?

Joshua 3:13 – “And 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.”

v. 15 – Now the Jordan is at flood stage all during harvest. Yet as soon as the priests who carried the ark reached the Jordan their feet touched the water’s edge, the water from upstream stopped flowing. It piled up in a heap a great distance away…

v. 17 – The priests who carried the ark of the covenant of the Lord stood firm on DRY ground in the middle of the Jordan (which had been at flood stage…remember?), while ALL Israel passed by until the WHOLE NATION had completed crossing on dry ground.

There are many things to find interesting in these passages, but what really speaks to me is about how their feet had to get wet BEFORE God stopped the river. Did you notice that? He didn’t stop the river before they got to it. They had to take that step down into the Jordan before God dried up the river so that the nation could pass through it.

Is God asking you to do something in your life, but you look down and the water is rushing all around you? Do you see the flood of the river at harvest and think, I better not take that step? Why did God tell Joshua to have the priests, ‘go stand in the river’?

When their feet got wet, what did that show the Lord?

I tell you what. This is easy to talk about, and it’s hard to live out.

When this adoption was placed on our hearts, we saw the harvest river – the flooding river. We saw something that to us and our resources was insurmountable. God didn’t hand us the resources that we needed before we started. We had to get our feet wet. We had to wade knee deep. Then waist deep. Then when He knew He could receive all the praise and it could only come through HIM and by Him and for His glory — that is when he dried up our river.

As you know, from my Facebook posts, our river dried up this week. We are now walking on dry land. 20 months ago, we knew God would do it. We just didn’t know how.

If God is leading you to do something, just consider all of the times in His word that His people had to move and SHOW their faith BEFORE He dried up the river, or calmed the storm or caused the blind to see. It is our faith that he wants to see.

Joshua 4:18 – And the priests came up out of the river carrying the ark of the covenant of the Lord. No sooner had they set their feet on the dry ground than the waters of the Jordan returned to their place and ran at flood stage as before.

I hope this hits you the way it hit me. God is faithful to us. So, incredibly faithful. He keeps his promises. He loves us so well.

During our Both Hands project last Saturday, it rained like cats and dogs. My friend Summer sent me a message during our project day. The message said, “I hope you saw Jesus in the rain.” Boy, did we ever.





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