Joshua 3:14 So the people left their camp to cross the Jordan, and the priests who were carrying the Ark of the Covenant went ahead of them.
17 Meanwhile, the priests who were carrying the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant stood on dry ground in the middle of the riverbed as the people passed by. They waited there until the whole nation of Israel had crossed the Jordan on dry ground.
It is springtime, the flax and the barley are almost ready to harvest. The Jordan river is usually heavily flooded at this time of the year because the spring meltwaters from Mount Hermon in the north flow southwards to the Dead Sea. This was the time that the children of Israel were to cross the Jordan river and it was a risky affair. God however instructs that the priests carrying the ark of the covenant to go ahead of the congregation and lead the way.
Listen, it is easy for people to participate, it is easy for your friends to be there with you when it is all good and fun. Every other day there is a wedding somewhere on this planet and there’s always two people confessing to one another “In the good times and in the bad times, in health and in sickness, in riches and in poverty” but the real test of life has never been in the good times, or in health or in riches but the real test of life has always been and will always be in the bad times, in sickness and in poverty. See, we live in times where the faithfulness of people is measured by circumstances. It blossoms when it is all going right and dissipates when things go awry. When disaster appears, it is everyone for himself and God for us all. It is difficult to find people of a character that Kenny Rodgers sings about when he says “The vows go unbroken, and you still know I do. Love, keep and honor, always true to you.”
This morning however, there’s good news for you my dear reader. There’s a God in heaven who never leaves neither does He forsake His own. The ark of the covenant symbolizes the presence of the Lord. The Jordan river in as much as it was dangerously flooded, it didn’t hinder the Lord from going before the whole nation of Israel. When they got in the middle of the riverbed, they stood still as the people passed. And I love the last part of Joshua 3:17….. They waited there until the whole nation of Israel had crossed the Jordan on dry ground. We have a God who not only goes ahead of us, but He stops right in the middle of the stormy seas of our lives and waits until we are done passing through. All of us have gone through or are going through a storm in life, but hey! Be encouraged, when everyone else is gone,
Child of God, there’s a God Who stays. Trust Him!