Joshua stood at the river bank. The priests would arrive any minute carrying the ark of the covenant. Joshua stared at the turbulent waters that gushed downstream. Spring rains and the melting of snow from Mount Hermon, filled the Jordan River to full flood stage. He thought back to what God had said to him: “Moses my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them—to the Israelites. I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses…….As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you…….Be strong and courageous…….Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law…….Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful…….Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
God’s words strengthened Joshua and left no room for doubt. Strangely, he was not terrified despite the raging waters that burst downstream. He thought back to all the miracles he had witnessed. God’s miraculous power when He used Moses to part the Red Sea. Manna in the desert. Water from a rock. Mount Sinai covered with a thick cloud and as thunder and lightening came forth, God met Moses on the mountain to give him the ten commandments.
The sound of the priest’s footsteps interrupted his thoughts. His moment of truth was marching up from behind him. He closed his eyes and took a deep breath. He was ready to instruct the priests to walk right into the unstable Jordan River. And knowing he couldn’t do this feat in his own strength, he whispered one last prayer to the true and living God; “I know you are with me. I’m ready Lord. Let’s do this.”
To be continued~