Before Joshua led the Israelites across the Jordan River in to the Promise Land, God instructed the priests to stand in the middle of the raging river. As they waited they no doubt became increasingly aware that crossing the Jordan River was impossible.
I stood at the Jordan River in the Holy Land last December. I witnessed my son and my husband and many others on our missions team get baptized in the river that our Savior was baptized. The Jordan River was only about 100 ft. wide. But, this story was during the Spring. It was during flood stage, which the calm river became a raging river, a mile wide.
As they faced the difficulties just think about what some of their concerns would have been. Some of them no doubt were saying, “Let’s go back!” Some were saying, “Let’s wait it out.” Some no doubt examined the various ways of crossing the river. They could not swim across. They couldn’t build enough boats to transport over a million people. They did not have time to build a bridge. There was only one way around their problem and that was through it.
They were facing tremendous difficulties and they knew that they were at the end of their resources. The only way they could cross that river is for God to show his power. What did God do? He showed up and parted the river. He revealed himself in a different way this time. This is our God. He reveals himself a different way each time to us, but we always are left knowing it was God and God alone. The Israelites had previously seen the Red Sea part for them but this time they had to do something to see the miracle happen. The Lord said you are going to be a part of the miracle this time. They had to step out in faith . They had to keep their eyes on him and NOT their circumstances. It was a lesson in trust. Do you trust me says the Lord Almighty?
This story reminds us that our strength comes from the Lord alone. However, there are times that he does not give us the strength before we face a difficult situation. Some times it comes at that very moment. Not a minute to soon. We must take a step of faith FIRST. When we step out and trust him, HE will give us the strength we need.
Know it is never about what we can do, it is always about what the Lord is able to do through us. Remember his promise… When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. Isaiah 43:2.