Today’s Reading: Joshua 3:1-4:24 (additional reading Psalm 80:1-19 and Proverbs 12:27-28)
Today I want you to think about reaching for your dreams and the results of persistence. Many people don’t know that Henry Ford failed and went broke five times before he finally succeeded. Or that Michael Jordan, perhaps the greatest basketball player of all time, did not make his high school basketball team during his sophomore year but both reached their dreams as a result of persistence.
Today’s text must have been an exciting time for the Israelites as they could finally enter their land of promise. They had been in the desert and in the wilderness for forty years. Now, it was time to move out of the desert – across the Jordan River – and into Canaan. There had been so much discouragement and disappointments along the way – but it was now time! Some of you reading this have had setbacks and disappointments along your journey – BUT THE TIME IS COMING FOR YOU TO ENTER INTO YOUR LAND OF PROMISE!
Joshua 3: 1-4 tell us to ‘Keep our eyes on God!’ When God moved, they were to move, when God stopped they were to do the same. In his book, “Experiencing God” Henry Blackaby states—“we need to see what God is up to around us and then get involved”. This may require us to leave our comfort zone. Imagine Israel was about to follow the Ark through a river that was over 1 mile wide.
If you ever expect to get past your obstacles and enter your Canaan, you must learn to follow God. Verse 4 says “that you may know the way to go, for you have not passed this way before”. We are all on a journey to live and walk in God’s promises for us. We are going places that we have never gone before. Following God and entering our promises means following Him into the new places, and relying on His help and guidance.
We need to listen to God’s instruction no matter how ridiculous it may sound to us, God’s ways are not always our ways (v.8, 12-13). The priests were commanded to come to the river edge and wait for God’s instruction. They had to have faith to put the soles of their feet in the water. Nothing will happen until you step off the riverbank of your life. It is a step of faith, but not a step into the unknown. It’s not a case of guessing where you should be going, but following where God is taking you.
- Have you been held back by failure?
- How can you be more aware of what God is doing around you?
- What steps of faith do you need to take today?
Father, Thank You for leading us into new places; places of promise. Thank You for helping us to overcome past failures to move to the places You call us. Help us to be aware of Your prompting and to follow You carefully. In Jesus’ name, Amen