In Joshua chapter 3, we see the Israelites are faced with what appears to be an insurmountable problem: an overflowing river. To set the scene for you, they have just spent 40 years crossing the wilderness on a massive journey to the land promised to them by God. Most of these people grew up in the wilderness and have never known a home that wasn’t a moving caravan. They have seen God lead them by day and by night as well as provide for their daily needs. They are well acquainted with His power. They are at the end of the a journey that many did not survive. The idea of entering the land God promised to them has with it, I’m certain, mixed emotions. It’s a new kind of unknown and will require a new kind of faith.
The leaders have gone through the camp and told everybody to get ready to move once they see the priests who carry the ark of the covenant move. In Joshua 3:5, Joshua addresses the group saying, “…tomorrow the LORD will do wonders among you.” Next we see a beautiful moment between God and Joshua where instructions are given. Joshua then repeats the message and tells them that as soon as the priests are standing in the river, God is going to stop the river from flowing. Keep in mind that the Jordan at this time of year is overflowing. Rivers are already moving and an overflowing river typically moves faster. On a good day, you could swim across the Jordan in this place if you weren’t carrying anything heavy with you. This is the entire nation of Israel with all of their belongings! Swimming across is definitely not an option. I don’t know about you, but believing that God is going to stop this overflowing river would take an entirely new level of faith.
The people do exactly as they are told. The priests carry the ark up to the banks of the river and they dip their feet in the river and stand still. Can you imagine what they are thinking? I would be trying to hang on to every ounce of faith hoping that God isn’t going to wipe us out. The laws of nature and physics say they have no way across this river! How on earth is God going to stop this river from flowing? This is where faith has to scream loudly over doubt and remind us all that God is not bound by the laws of this world, He operates in the laws of heaven. Heaven doesn’t care about the river in front of them because nothing is too big for God. The priests and all of Israel are at a critical place, the place of no plan B. If God doesn’t show up, there is no other option.
“…and as soon as those bearing the ark had come as far as the Jordan, and the feet of the priests bearing the ark were dipped in the brink of the water…the waters coming down from above stood and rose up in a heap very far away…completely cut off. Now the priests bearing the ark of the covenant of the LORD stood firmly on dry ground in the midst of the Jordan, and all Israel was passing over on dry ground until all the nation finished passing over the Jordan.” (Joshua 3:15-17) YES! God prooved Himself faithful one more time and His people were safely on the other side of the river. What seemed impassable became passable once God stepped in. “Nothing is impossible with God.” (Luke 1:37)
What are you facing today? Have you followed God well and have a river in front of you that feels too big? Here’s the truth, God isn’t going to call you, bring you through the desert and then leave you. Your entire journey is part of His plan and He has every step covered, you just have to keep believing. No matter what He asks of you or what you face, grow your faith in the God who created you, called you and provides for your every need. There is no plan B. Faith and obedience are the only plan. Dip your feet in your river and watch God provide a way.