Further Thoughts on Joshua Chapter 3
For many years, whenever I thought of the waters of Jordan 'backing up' I had a picture of a dry road across to the other side with the waters very far away. But that may not be the true picture. And it certainly wasn't the picture on the earlier occasion when the Israelites crossed the Red Sea. They crossed 'with walls of water on each side'.
Sometimes God does not remove the danger but makes it possible for us to 'walk through'.
As ever, the safe passage comes when we don't focus on the water that could come crashing down and destroy, but we focus on the Ark. That Ark was firmly placed in the centre of the river bed and was not removed until they were safely over.
I'm reminded of a sermon I heard as a young person, and I've never forgotten it. ( It was actually preached by the pastor of Janette's church and she remembers it too - I think he must have preached it more than once!!). The verse was 'And it came to pass'.
The speaker divided what he had to say into two parts:
Firstly, when the Bible says 'it came to pass' it assures us that what God promises, what He plans and purposes will indeed happen.
His second part was more unusual - he spoke of things that came for a season, and then they passed. This season that we are in will pass but, please God, it will leave us chastened, changed and more in tune with Him than we were before.
Keep your eyes on the Ark!
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