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Flood, Harvest, Wet Feet

Flood, Harvest, Wet Feet

19 March 2009

Scripture:

15 Now it was the harvest season, and the Jordan was overflowing its banks. But as soon as the feet of the priests who were carrying the Ark touched the water at the river’s edge, 16 the water began piling up at a town upstream called Adam, which is near Zarethan. And the water below that point flowed on to the Dead Sea until the riverbed was dry. Then all the people crossed over near the city of Jericho. (Joshua 3:15-16 NLT)

Observation:

It was the best of times – it was the worst of times! It was the worst time to cross the Jordan River because this normally calm, slow-flowing stream was at flood stage in this harvest month. It was the best time to enter the land because it was harvest time and once the Israeli people entered the land, the manna would stop and a nation of hungry mouths had to be fed.

It all depended on God. There was no way they could cross safely unless God stopped the water. There was no way they could conquer the walled cities of the land unless God gave them victory. But the way God set up the plan, the priests who carried the Ark of God’s Presence had to step into the swirling, rushing waters of the Jordan River and get their feet wet!

Application:

It still depends on God. Each of us faces obstacles to our progress that only God can remove. Each of us faces opposition to our destiny that only God can eliminate. But it still depends on our willingness to take simple steps of faith into the swirling, rushing waters of our Jordan River and trust that God will do what he alone can do.

Let’s get our feet wet today!

Prayer:

Father, Today I will take one bold and scary step into the dark, muddy water of my overflowing Jordan River. Today I will get my feet wet. I’ll take another step forward tomorrow. The rest is up to you. Amen.

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