Time to Go?
Holy God, may the pulse of my heart throb to the cadences of Your rule. Thank You for being my God.
Read Joshua 3:1–17
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“When you go through an open door, go through it with all your heart, with the powerlessness and poverty of a child, singing, dancing in the love of God” (Brennan Manning, 1934–2013).
At last, it’s time to go—almost! Imagine the excitement and tension. Finally the Israelites are on the banks of the Jordan, Canaan is in sight—there’s nothing to stop them. But for another three days, they are kept there receiving final instructions. First, the officers give orders to the people (3), then Joshua tells the people how to prepare spiritually (5), instructing the priests to go ahead of them with the Ark of the Covenant (6). Finally, God encourages Joshua (7) and gives him the final instruction for the priests (8). Sometimes we wait a long time for God to do something and then, suddenly, he acts. It’s as
though he has pressed “Enter” on the keyboard. But there still may be a pause—we’re not quite there yet. As here and also with the disciples waiting for Pentecost (Acts 1:4), the final period of waiting is often crucial to his plan. What a time for God to choose for them to cross! For most of the year the Jordan is shallow and crossing on foot is easy. But this is spring, the same time of year that Moses took the people across the Red Sea—another of the parallels we saw yesterday—and the river was in full flood. Crossing it needed a miracle (16), and that was just the point. Many leaders are good at telling people what to do. But God shows them an example of good leadership (and not for the last time; Phil. 2:5–8). The Ark of the Covenant was not just a symbol of his presence—he really was there. So God literally went ahead of the people into the river
(14), and then on into Canaan. And they didn’t get their feet wet!
How do you handle the situation of waiting for God to act? How can you improve your response?
Lord, sometimes it is hard to wait and difficult to discern what is going on. Fill me with Your wisdom and give me the grace of patience.