21 Aug Dry Shoes
“So when the people set out from their tents to cross the Jordan with the priests carrying the ark of the covenant before the people, and when those who carried the ark came into the Jordan, and the feet of the priests carrying the ark were dipped in the edge of the water (for the Jordan overflows all its banks all the days of harvest), the waters which were flowing down from above stood and rose up in one heap” (Joshua 3:14-16a).
That was quite a day to be a priest! Imagine that was you…one of the first two priests in line, carrying the ark of the covenant. Your leader Joshua comes to you and says, I have a job for you, and the entire nation will be watching you. They were normally a little more protected with tribes and soldiers all around. But now, God was asking them to take a leap of faith, and…oh yeah…they are carrying the ark of the covenant, which was to be revered and defended…and certainly never dropped…in a river! That was just a little bit of pressure.
The priests had to step out in faith…literally. Joshua told the priests as soon as they stepped out from the shore onto the water, the water would run away from the bottom of their sandals. Like the same poles of two magnets pushing away from each other, the water would be repelled by their feet. But still…that miracle sounds great, but the priests are the ones who had to believe it and then do it. They did, and then, God did.
We are learning about faith week after week in our “Whisper” series, which is based on Pastor Mark Batterson’s book of the same name. There are stories from the Bible—God’s primary love language—that show us what God can do. We are training and preparing for God’s direction and the courage to respond like those priests did when the opportunity came.
Opportunities—doors—are a part of the faith journey. God opens doors and closes them; there must be both. When a door opens, we have to be released by God before we can proceed. Sometimes what seems to be an open door might be a trap door that was not opened by God. It is hard to tell, which is why we need to be near God to hear His whisper clearly. If we hear Him clearly, we will see a path open up for us.
Joshua 3:17 says, “And the priests who carried the ark of the covenant of the Lord stood firm on dry ground in the middle of the Jordan while all Israel crossed on dry ground, until all the nation had finished crossing the Jordan.” Dry ground. It was not sopping wet, or sloshy, or damp. No, the ground was dry…like walking on the sand of a dessert. Just as God repelled that water, God will repel whatever enemy is in your way. Whatever keeps you from getting to God’s goal for you, God will drive it away.
For us, we need to believe, because God will do His part. He always has before, and He will do it again for you and me. Join us this Sunday as we learn about the doors that God is opening and closing around us. If we believe He is leading us and trust Him, He will show us which way to go.
Blessings to you,