After the return of the Two spies it is time to cross the Jordan river and move on, however slight problem – it is winter and the river is wide and running high.
Joshua tells the people that the Ark of the Covenant will lead the way. God has promised them entry into the land on the other side now it is up to the people to have faith and trust in God to get them through.
The priests begin to walk toward the water, but nothing is happening yet. The priests get a little closer. They are 5 feet away from the edge of the Jordan River and nothing is happening. 4 feet, 3 feet, 2 feet, and then they get right up to the edge of the Jordan River and nothing has happened.
Then, they take their first step into the water, trusting that God will take care of them, and we read that: …the water from upstream stopped flowing. It piled up in a heap a great distance away. Joshua 3:16
So when the times are really tough and the way ahead looks very dark indeed, just how ready are we to put our trust in our Lord and do what he directs us to even though it seems impossible, or when we find ourselves in a position where we feel inadequate.
When we read God’s Word, that is a way of hearing God’s voice. And we have a choice, we can either do it our own way, or trust the one who can see the future and knows what’s best for us.