Facing the Unknown (Joshua 3-4)

Then Joshua rose early in the morning and they set out from Shittim. And they came to the Jordan, he and all the people of Israel, and lodged there before they passed over Joshua 3:1

I picture in my mind 2 million Jewish believers (I use this word carefully) gathering up their tents and their belongings to begin a journey to the unknown.  In from of them was never before entered territory as well as never before experience tests and never before experienced truth with God.

That generation had heard the stories of God’s power, however they had not been there when God had parted the Red Sea (Exodus 14). In three short days they would have to face the unknown (3:2).

On that day in history Israel faced and past the test (3:4).  Even though she had never gone that far with God, She could later testify, His mercies are new every day!!!  Each day was a new opportunity to grow in personal experience with God.

The CV-19 virus is our opportunity to grow by personal experience.  Think through this with me:  Every person in the body of faith had personal experiences:

  • 12 men had to step up to lead the others.
  • The priests had to step into the waters that were at flood stage.
  • Each person had to cross the flooded Jordon by faith.

Brothers and sisters, what is God impressing on your heart today?  Is it the fear of the unknown that is in charge of your moments or is it faith that is focused on the opportunity to grow and to harvest for God’s glory?  Just as the nation came to the Jordon at flood-stage, you and I live in a moment of world-wide flooding:

  • If you are a leader in the home, at work, among your peers, trust in God who does wonderful things, 3:5.
  • If you are a healthcare provider or a parent keeping sanity in your home, step by faith knowing God has this, Psalm 91.
  • If you are in the masses of humanity, have faith in Him knowing you are going to make it.  “with man things are impossible, but with God nothing is impossible,” Matt. 19:26.

Brothers and sisters, this is our moment in time.  In Joshua 4 the leaders chose 12 stones from the middle of the Jordon to carry to the banks so that they could build a memorial for what God had done.

I wonder, what will we remember and what will the world remember about these days?  I pray they will say,

Romans 8:37
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.

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