Joshua 3:1 Early the next morning Joshua and all the Israelites left Acacia Grove and arrived at the banks of the Jordan River, where they camped before crossing. 2 Three days later the Israelite officers went through the camp, 3 giving these instructions to the people: “When you see the Levitical priests carrying the Ark of the Covenant of the Lord your God, move out from your positions and follow them. 4 Since you have never traveled this way before, they will guide you. ESV
In the third chapter of Joshua we come to a time when the nation Israel had to face a very difficult situation. As a matter of fact, it was an impossible situation. They were about to enter into the Promised Land, but before they could, they had to cross the Jordan River. To make matters even worse, the Bible says that the river was at flood stage. (vs. 15)
Why does God often give us impossible situations? Why does He tell us to cross a river that is overflowing its banks? He does so to help us understand that with Him – nothing is impossible.
Here are two verses of scripture that tell us how we as God’s children should approach life –
John 15:5 ‘…for without me ye can do nothing.’
Philippians 4:13 ‘I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.’
These two verses teach us two very important truths:
Truth #1 – Without Christ, we can do nothing.
Truth #2 – With Christ, we can do whatever needs to be done.
As we will see in our study this week; God did not send His people across the river, He led them across the river. The Bible says – “When you see the Levitical priests carrying the Ark of the Covenant of the Lord your God, move out from your positions and follow them.” (Joshua 3:3) The priests, carrying the sacred Ark of the Covenant, were the first to cross the river. God was not going to send His people into the raging waters. God was going to lead His people through the raging waters. Join me again tomorrow as we make our journey across the river.