Holy Boundary Processing
Spirit of the Living God, fall afresh on me. Speak to my heart of the things that matter most.
Read Joshua 3:1-17
Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. All rights reserved throughout the world. Used by permission of International Bible Society.
“When I tread the verge of Jordan, Bid my anxious fears subside; Death of death, and hell’s destruction, Land me safe on Canaan’s side” (W. Williams, 1717-91).
The miraculous crossing of the River Jordan in full flood shows that the entry into the Promised Land is not just a matter of geographical relocation, but spiritual transformation. For the Israelites to enter into the promises of God they must pray, prepare themselves, and step out in faith. The passage of the priests and ark into the waters demonstrates the holy presence of God going before them. The Israelites follow at a distance of about 1 kilometer, again a reminder of the awesome power of God in their midst. Do we embark on personal and church projects aware of our need to prepare spiritually? Are we aware of God’s holy presence with us?
For the Israelites, such preparation involved washing their clothes and abstaining from sexual relations, as it did when they received the Law on Mount Sinai (Exod. 19:10-15). It would also have involved prayer and fasting, and the offering of worship and sacrifice. From this time on, Israel would be in a heightened state of spiritual readiness, engaged in battle and taking every opportunity to possess what God has promised. She couldn’t afford to rest in complacency or lower her level of alertness. Life is an ongoing battle, both physically and spiritually.
We go through stages of life and ministry, often without thinking about the transitions from one period to another. Robert Clinton, in his book The Making of a Leader, talks about the “boundary processing” that occurs when we go through significant challenges in our careers, family lives, personal maturing and spiritual growth. Every leader needs to learn how to recognize the stages of their development and learn lessons from it. Are you going through such a time right now? Are there others you know who need encouragement to press forward into the next stage?
List the next stages of your spiritual development, personal journey and service to God. How will you transition into them?
Lord, I need the gift of discernment so that I can grasp what is going on in my life. Enable me to go forward with You.
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