The people are now ready to cross the river. This is the divide between where they are and the Promised Land. Joshua tells them how it is going to happen. He tells Israel that as soon as the priests step into the river, the water flowing down stream will be cut off and stand up in a heap. In my head I imagine it’s going to take place right where they step in. The river will part instantly, they’ll walk across and start drinking their milk and eating their honey. Come on, 40 years ago God parted the Red Sea. This is just a river! So the priests step in and what it says is ‘the water from upstream stopped flowing. It piled up in a heap a great distance away, at a town called Adam in the vicinity of Zarethan, while the water flowing down to the Sea of the Arabah (that is, the Dead Sea) was completely cut off.’ Let me emphasise something here - it happened a great distance away. They couldn’t actually see the miracle. The miracle had happened but they couldn’t see it! The heap of water was miles away. There they are, standing in the water, holding the Ark, being watched by all the Israelites with nothing to do but wait. And that’s what they did, they waited and they saw the miracle.
Maybe we need to be bold and step out to see the miracle happen. What does that mean for you today? What step of faith do you need to take? We know that the Israelites did cross the river on dry ground and God fulfilled his promise to them. What promise has he spoken over you?
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Cornerstone Prayer Focus - Today think about the Pastoral Share team. They meet with people in our church who need break through and miracles to happen. Pray for a confidence and boldness to see God work but also a sensitivity to hear his voice.