Posted by: Bay Presbyterian Church | April 10, 2018

God Provides the Miracle

Jordan River

God Provides the Miracle

After the death of Moses God told Joshua to get up and lead the Israelites across the Jordan to the land He promised them. He told Joshua that no man would be able to stand against him all the days of his life; and that He would not leave or forsake him (Joshua 1:1-9).
This is God’s second call to the Israelites to go to the promise land; the land the people longed for and had been promised, a land flowing with milk and honey. I have often heard others tell me they were stuck in their own personal wilderness and were waiting and praying for God to bring them into a type of promise land filled with their own perception of milk and honey. In our instantaneous technology world, we too often naively think that entering the promise land is similar to the waving of some magic wand and “poof!” there we are.
Did you ever notice that when God rescued the Israelites from Egypt and they did all their complaining . . . that what they experienced really was hard? Although God could have, He did not transport them directly from Egypt to the Promise Land like they do on Star Trek. When they finally arrive at the very edge of the promise land, the land God promised and told them to go in and get….they refused. They were afraid; instead of keeping their eyes on God, they were like Peter when walking on the water, who focused on the wind instead of Christ (Matthew 14:30). How often have we failed to enter the open doors of our “promise land” because our eyes were on the looming obstacles in front of us, instead of Christ who strengthens us to do all things (Philippians 4:13)?
In Joshua 1:1-9 the Israelites were given a second opportunity to enter the promise land. They were not going to make the same mistake their parents had; they were done with the wilderness. They met the same obstacles and weaknesses that faced their parents, but chose to focus on God. Too often as we read this account of history we focus on the instantaneous miracles of the parting of the Jordan and the destruction of the walls of Jericho, but forget that the priests had to practice faith and trust in God as they put their feet in the water before the Jordan parted; as well as had to be battle ready when the walls of Jericho fell (Joshua 3 & 6). God keeps His promises and does provide the supernatural miracles, but more often than not we have to participate within the miracle.
Rachel Diller
Women’s Ministry Director

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