“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, a great distance away at Adam, the city that is beside Zarethan; and those which were flowing down toward the sea of the Arabah, the Salt Sea, were completely cut off. So the people crossed opposite Jericho. 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.” Joshua 3:15-17
Insurmountable. Insurmountable means that the task at hand is just too great to overcome. How many times do we feel God moving us in a direction and our first reaction is….no way! I can’t do that! I’m not equipped to talk to those people! I can’t move my family there! There are hundreds, probably thousands, of “no” answers we give because we feel the thing God is asking us to do is insurmountable. And in the end, it’s an issue of trust because it’s not so much that we think we CAN’T do something, it’s that we don’t think God CAN. It’s easy to follow God when it’s easy right? I can trust God to get me to church on Sunday. I can trust God to help me have a challenging conversation. I can trust God to help me rearrange my schedule to have more quiet time with him.
When the stakes are low, the trust is high. But our God, the God of Adam, Abraham, Noah, Esther, Moses, Joshua, Rahab, David, Jesus, is not a God of low stakes. I’m not saying that God will only call us to high stakes tasks, I am saying that God is not bound to consider the stakes at all, He’s just calling. It was no suprise to Him that the Israelites would have to cross the Jordan at a time when the river was at its highest, but I’m willing to bet it was a surprise to them. Can’t you just hear the crowds asking each other how on earth they were going to get across the raging river? Don’t you just hear some of them talking about how crazy Joshua must be! And I’m certain the last one in line thought they had the best place because they would see what was going to happen first and then be able to make another plan. Of course, the Bible doesn’t tell us any of that so it’s just my imagination playing with the words but I’m sure some of the Israelites were wondering how God was going to help them face this seemingly insurmountable task. And just like God, He does it in a big way! He creates a holy dam with a wall of water and they just walk through on dry ground. Who saw that coming?? The insurmountable now became the surmountable and once again God shows He’s got a plan AND the power to see the plan to fruition.
Do you have a raging river in your life right now that you are facing? Are you trying to figure out how to cross it? Stop. Stop trying to figure out a human answer to God’s super-human call and just listen for His instruction. He didn’t lead the Israelits to the river and then say, “Ok kids…today’s challenge is how do thousands of people cross a raging river!” He simply told Joshua to lead the priests to take a step into the river and then wait for God to show His answer. The insurmountable is always surmountable when it is God’s call on your life. Don’t look at the circumstance and get frightened…step into the circumstance and see what God will do. There’s no question that if He’s calling you to do something then He’s there with you and He’s already got the path laid out. Step into the river, step into the circumstance, trust.
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