“…the Lord of all the earth, shall rest in the waters of the Jordan, that the waters of the Jordan shall be cut off…”
– Joshua 3:17
As the Nation of Israel was crossing the Jordan, the priests carrying the Ark were to go first. God’s glory would lead the way. It was harvest season, and flooding was frequent. A typical crossing of the river went from one hundred feet across to about one mile across. It is interesting that God would choose to move them through the waters at a time they were the deepest, most extensive, and most violent.
The Lord would part the waters for them; however, the priests had to take a step of faith into the river first. When they did, God parted the waters, and an impossibility became possible. The people walked on dry ground, the waters were held upstream far away from them, and it was all because the Lord of all the earth rested amid the Jordan. He was present!
As a Christian, the Lord is always with us. He will never leave us or abandon us. The Apostle Paul wrote, “I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created things, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39). What a great truth!
Maybe you are going through a season where things seem the deepest, widest, and most violent, and you are wondering why God would allow it? Could it be that He is trying to get you to see He is in your midst even in the storms? Take comfort, the Lord is with you and is resting in the places that seem most violent!
“So many times, we feel that Jesus isn’t interested in us because our needs are too great. Jesus only likes to chum with the beautiful people, with the successful, with the prosperous. But the person that Jesus is always most interested in is the person who has the greatest need.”
– Chuck Smith