As the two front carriers reached the earth’s edge, they simultaneously stepped into the Jordan River with all their might. Either the water would part as they plunged forward in the river, or they would be swept downstream.
Joshua’s chest expanded larger than he thought possible as he took in a voluminous breath. He didn’t look away. He looked directly at the ravenous, untamable river. To read Part 2 click here.
Joshua’s eyes widened as if he’d never seen a miracle. As the front priests simultaneously stepped into the Jordan River with all their might, they felt the rush of icy waters burry their feet. As the frigid river climbed up the priests’s legs, one cried out, “אלוהים יציל אותי!” (God save me!) but as soon as the words hovered over the waters, he began to feel the water relent and his feet secure on muddy ground. Just as miraculous as the waters parting, so the ground dried up too. The priest’s cry of deliverance turned to a cry of praise. There was a shout throughout the land, so loud, that the Canaanites heard it.
Joshua stood in amazement as the water was held upstream. No matter how many miracles he witnessed, he was always in awe of God’s power. Joshua ordered the Israelites to cross the Jordan while the priests stood firm with the ark, in the middle of the dried up, Jordan River. And all of Israel, both young and old, passed through until everyone had crossed. Praises to the true and living God was sung from the lips of God’s people.
Twelve men, one from each tribe, brought remembrance stones from the middle of the river to the other side. The priests crossed last and as soon as all were safe on the other side, the river began to flow once again. Joshua fell to his knees, lifted his arms towards the heavens and praised the God of the universe.
While re-living Joshua’s grand story, I extrapolated from scripture while allowing the rest of the details to unfold in my mind. As I study this commander and man of faith, I recognized some truths:
*God will display grand miracles when I give Him wholehearted faith. He expects my 100% trust, focusing on Him and not my turbulent circumstances. The priests had to be committed to step into the raging Jordan river just like Abraham had to pledge to lift the knife above his son and commit to using it. God wants me “all in”—Not wavering until all my questions are answered. Some questions may never be answered this side of heaven.
*When He says, “Go,” and the path looks uncertain, He expects me to go. When He tells me to wait, He expects me to listen and not run ahead (too late, already ahead).
*The thing I love most about Joshua is that he obeyed completely. Joshua did everything the Lord asked. He left nothing undone—each task fulfilled.
This is how I want to finish; leaving nothing undone.
So what’s holding you back from unwavering faith, completing every God-given task and finishing well?