STEP INSIDE THAT JORDAN!
7 ¶ And the LORD said to Joshua, “This day I will begin to exalt you in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that, as I was with Moses, so I will be with you.
8 “You shall command the priests who bear the ark of the covenant, saying, ‘When you have come to the edge of the water of the Jordan, you shall stand in the Jordan.'”
9 So Joshua said to the children of Israel, “Come here, and hear the words of the LORD your God.”
10 And Joshua said, “By this you shall know that the living God is among you, and that He will without fail drive out from before you the Canaanites and the Hittites and the Hivites and the Perizzites and the Girgashites and the Amorites and the Jebusites:
11 “Behold, the ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earth is crossing over before you into the Jordan.
12 “Now therefore, take for yourselves twelve men from the tribes of Israel, one man from every tribe.
13 “And it shall come to pass, as soon as the soles of the feet of the priests who bear the ark of the LORD, the Lord of all the earth, shall rest in the waters of the Jordan, that the waters of the Jordan shall be cut off, the waters that come down from upstream, and they shall stand as a heap.”
14 ¶ So it was, when the people set out from their camp to cross over the Jordan, with the priests bearing the ark of the covenant before the people,
15 and as those who bore the ark came to the Jordan, and the feet of the priests who bore the ark dipped in the edge of the water (for the Jordan overflows all its banks during the whole time of harvest),
16 that the waters which came down from upstream stood still, and rose in a heap very far away at Adam, the city that is beside Zaretan. So the waters that went down into the Sea of the Arabah, the Salt Sea, failed, and were cut off; and the people crossed over opposite Jericho.
17 Then the priests who bore the ark of the covenant of the LORD stood firm on dry ground in the midst of the Jordan; and all Israel crossed over on dry ground, until all the people had crossed completely over the Jordan.
There is no security in security. There is no safety in safety. There is no comfort in a comfort zone. The only way to live is to die! The only way to gain is to lose!
Better to walk on water (like Peter) and cry, “Lord, save me lest I perish” while sinking than to sit timidly in the boat. The only way to make history or achieve anything meaningful in life is to dare to take a step of faith, make the move and take the plunge.
Bite more than you can chew and let God help you chew it. It is only when you put your feet in the Jordan that the waters will stop flowing. Come on, step inside that Jordan!
Start that business! Write that book. Launch that idea. Make that call. Undertake that project.
What’s your own Jordan today?
When your harvest is due, that is when Jordan overflows its banks (verse 15). That is when your obstacles look more overwhelming, when all hell is let loose, so to speak.
But don’t you give up! I encourage you today, step inside that Jordan!
It’s time to intimidate your intimidations, embarrass your embarrassments, frustrate your frustrations, challenge your challenges and confront your confrontations!
Jordan will part, but you must step inside it!