Listen to this devotional:
Joshua 1:2 – Moses my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them — to the Israelites. (NIV)
I found myself at an impasse in my life. A door had opened to serve the Lord in an area in which I have skills. I was both very excited and somewhat fearful of the opportunity. Somehow the fear began to overcome me, and I found myself not moving in the direction of this opportunity. I had spent the better part of two weeks in a state of indecision. Then I heard a message that talked about the Jordan River, and some truths began to resonate within me.
Deuteronomy 3:25 – I pray, let me cross over and see the good land beyond the Jordan, those pleasant mountains, and Lebanon. (NKJV)
The Bible talks about crossing the Jordan River into the Promised Land. Throughout our journey in life, we will make similar crossings to get to other areas which the Lord has for us. In order to cross the river, we must first be willing to get our feet wet. This might be a point of turning back for us, as we find the water cold and unpleasant. It may mean we spend more time pacing the bank of the river looking for another way to cross, only to find that there is no other place or means to get across. We have to decide to journey to the other side. We can seek counsel from others, but it has to be our own decision to move across. We need to keep our eyes fixed and press on towards the other side. We are not alone in this journey, as the following verse promises us:
Deuteronomy 31:6 – Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you. (NKJV)
Prayer: Dear Jesus, we are so very thankful for Your love and Your promise not to leave us. Help us in our unbelief when we think that we are unable. Remind us that through You all things are possible. Thank You, Jesus, that You remain with us whether we are pacing the banks of the river or taking that first into or the last step from the river. Your hand is always extended out towards us; we need only to reach to have You embrace us. Amen.