READ : Joshua 3:6-17
When the people of Israel set out to cross the Jordan River, God Himself went before them, as must always be the case in any successful spiritual enterprise. In the past, when God was ready to lead, they had refused to follow. This time, God shares His strategy with the people through Joshua. Priests were selected to carry the Ark of the Covenant out ahead of the people. When the soles of their feet were placed in the Jordan, the wonder of the rolling back of the waters would begin. The river bed would be dry and all of Israel would pass over.
This was quite a promise that God made! For the priests who carried the Ark, it was a challenge that demanded courage. Once they picked up the Ark of the Covenant, there was no turning back. Everyone was watching as they went wading in the water. God assured them that He would do an amazing thing, but those priests had to get their feet wet for it to happen.
Unless we are courageous and step out in faith and “get our feet wet,” we’re not likely to make much progress in living for Christ and serving Him. To grow means we have to take risks. We never stand still in the Christian life: we either move forward in faith or backward in unbelief.
Heavenly Father, we, like those priests who carried the Ark of the Covenant, need courage to move forward. Give us a faith that is expressed in action. In Jesus’ name. Amen.