“So when the people set out from their tents to cross the Jordan with the priests carrying the ark of the covenant before the people, and when those who carried the ark came into the Jordan, and the feet of the priests carrying the ark were dipped in the edge of the water (for the Jordan overflows all its banks all the days of harvest), the waters which were flowing down from above stood and rose up in one heap, a great distance away at Adam, the city that is beside Zarethan; and those which were flowing down toward the sea of the Arabah, the Salt Sea, were completely cut off. So the people crossed opposite Jericho. And the priests who carried the ark of the covenant of the LORD stood firm on dry ground in the middle of the Jordan while all Israel crossed on dry ground, until all the nation had finished crossing the Jordan.”
Joshua 3:14-17 NASB
Crossing at flood stage
I live each day by faith. I rise day by day to uncertainty, with no idea how my day will go. I take steps of faith, from my bed when I get up to the moment my head hits the pillow. There is little certainty that I can hang onto. In many ways I am like the children of Israel, faced with the crossing of the Jordan.
We believers in Jesus are the spiritual descendants of the Levitical priests. They carried the law in the ark of the covenant, we carry it in our hearts. I can only imagine what they felt as they stood at the rivers edge, charged with having to step into the Jordan at flood stage.
Right now the entire world is in that situation. We are all stepping into the unknown, into the deep, dark waters of uncertainty. Those of us in Jesus can have the confidence that God will raise the waters up as a heap. Like it or not, the unbelieving world is watching us.
In my life I have taken those steps time and time again. Every single time, I have found myself on dry ground, with a firm foundation in Jesus. When I have proceeded in faith, I have never lost my footing, nor feared the water boiling around me. Every crossing has built up my faith and increased my dependence on my Mighty God who saves. The only times I have gotten my feet wet is when I have taken my eyes off Him and stared at the waters surrounding me.
We are at the waters edge.
Make the choice today to trust in Jesus. I awaken to christian music and bible teaching on my phone, watch just enough news to get my dose of local news and weather. Then I turn it off. On comes the praise and worship music, the verse of the day, my daily reading, and then more music as I write my devotional. Five days a week I pray for hundreds of people. I make the step on dry ground.
Believers, remember that God loves you. I have so many stones of remembrance at the bottom of my Jordan river and I see them every time I take a step of faith.
I urge you to pray for your pastors, leaders, bible teachers and others in your local church. You may think that they are immune to the concerns of this world. They are flesh and blood just like you. I pray for my pastor often as he takes his own steps into the Jordan.
Pray for all the medical personal, all the people in essential roles. Pray over the people stocking the shelves in the grocery store. They have to be there. Pray for the truck drivers, the police officers, the firefighters and so many others whose jobs put them in the line of fire from an unseen enemy. Whether they have faith or not, they are stepping into the Jordan at flood stage.
Pray for our local, state and national leaders. They are facing the deepest waters of all.
We have a duty to be the light in this dark time. We must cling to He who can part the seas. If I allow myself to focus in on the “lower” concerns, I can feel the moisture forming under my feet, and the inevitable slipping.
I can easily find myself in a sea of despair. I can only hold my breath for so long before I drown.
“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
Matthew 6:33 NASB
Seek the Lord today! Feel the moisture under your feet, pray. Surround yourself with the things of God to help you focus on Him. Do something bold. Walk up to a store clerk and ask them through the plexiglas if you can pray for them. Then do it. Inject the presence of God into every aspect of your life. Leave Gospel tracts everywhere.
Get your feet dry!