We are living in unprecedented times. Many of us are glued to our news sources. My husband recently made the comment, “I trust the ones who say I really don’t know…” In our home that is where we are NOW, “we don’t know what to do but our eyes are on God.” Both of us are in our 60’s and we have never been this way before. God gave advice to the children of Israel when they found themselves in a similar situation.
Turn to Joshua 3 and let’s unpack this story together. The children of Israel had been wandering in the wilderness for 40 years and the time had come for them to enter into their promised land. There was only one “minor” problem. Between them and the promised land AND it was the Jordan river at flood stage. In the natural it looked like the worst time in the world to crossover.
“Victory comes through faith in God and obedience to his word rather than by military might or numerical superiority.”— The Daily Walk Bible 1997, Editor Bruce H. Wilkinson page 250
In Joshua 3, Joshua encourages the Israelites to stay close to the Ark of the Covenant (representative of the presence of God) because they had never been this way before. By keeping their eyes on the movement of the priests they would then KNOW which way to go. Once Joshua instructed the people what to watch for, they then CONSECRATED themselves. Webster’s 1828 Dictionary says consecrate means, “…to set apart, dedicate, or devote, to the service and worship of God.” What does this mean for me? For you?
- Stay close to God so you recognize where He is leading
- Recognize you’ve never been this way before
- Wait and PAY ATTENTION so you don’t miss where God is leading
- Take time to consecrate yourself. Spend time in Bible Study and prayer.
I was on the phone with my friend, also a part of our pastoral care team at our church. She said, “I just don’t know what to do.” I got really excited because when Joshua came to that point and added but my eyes are on you — everything changed! Joshua shifted from thinking he could fight an enemy bigger than him to leaning on a God who was bigger than his enemy. See Part 1 of this series to see how that worked for Joshua. Won’t you join my husband and me in focusing on a big God to help us with our bigger than us problem but not bigger than Him.