Joshua 3: 17 CSB, “The priests carrying the ark of the Lord’s Covenant stood firmly on dry ground in the middle of the Jordan, while all Israel crossed on dry ground until the entire nation had finished crossing the Jordan”.
Sometimes when I am reminded of God’s power it takes my breath away! God was continually making a way for Joshua to lead the Israelites, continually making a way for His people to have provisions, continually making Himself known to Joshua. Yet, as we read in chapter 1, God had to continually remind them that He was with them. How quickly they forgot. And as I sit here with my Bible open, and my Bath and Body Works candle burning (Vanilla Pumpkin Marshmallow, in case you’re curious) and my multiple iDevices, it’s easy for me to judge the Israelites and think, “how could you possibly forget when God has done SO MUCH right before your eyes??!!??” The only person I should say that to is me! How can I forget when God has done so much right before my eyes?? When He has continually made provisions for me, continually tried to make Himself known to me. How many times have I missed Him? Because I wasn’t looking, I wasn’t expecting Him, or I was too distracted by other things? When I read Joshua chapter 3, I was amazed at this miracle! Joshua tried preparing the people, “Consecrate yourselves because the Lord will do wonders among you tomorrow” (Joshua 3: 5 CSB). In verse 15 we read that the Jordan usually OVERFLOWS this time of year, but when the priests touched the water it immediately “stood still” , rose “up in a mass”, and “completely cut off”. Not only did Joshua, the Israelites, and the priests get to cross this river, they did do on DRY GROUND. Does that strike anyone else with awe?? So let’s recap and see how BIG our God is.
- The Jordan river was probably overflowing at this time
- Once the priest touched the water it stood still
- They crossed- not in water waist deep, not in water ankle deep, not even in mud, but they crossed on dry ground!
Friends, God is a BIG God, and He is still the same God today who caused the Jordan river to dry up! NO request is too big for Him, or too small for that matter.
“Who has measured the waters in the hollow of His hand or marked off the heavens with the span of His hand? Who has gathered the dust of the earth in a measure or weighed the mountains on a balance and the hills on the scales?” Isaiah 40:12
“Do you not know? Have you not heard? Has it not been declared to you from the beginning? Have you not considered the foundations of the earth? God is enthroned above the circle of the earth; its inhabitants are like grasshoppers. He stretches out the heavens like thin cloth and spreads them out like a tent to live in.” Isaiah 40:21-22
Let’s not become like the Israelites and forget all that God has done, OR how powerful He is! Remember that we are to be “strong and courageous”, God is always with us. He cares for you and me now just as much as He cared for Joshua and the Israelites then. He is in the business of taking care of what’s His, and friend, we belong to Him. He cares enough that He made the Jordan river stand still, and He cares about the little details too, enough that He allowed the Israelites to wear the same clothes and shoes for forty years and it never wore out (Deuteronomy 29:5). Trust Him, friend. I pray this has blessed you today! Leave me a comment and tell me about YOUR Jordan river!
Tomorrow we will look at how the Israelites declared to remember the miracle of crossing the Jordan on dry ground.