God Calling

Joshua and the Israelites were preparing to cross the Jordan River into the Promised Land. This is what he told the people:

“’When you see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, and the Levitical priests carrying it, you are to move out from your positions and follow it. Then you will know which way to go, since you have never been this way before. Tell the priests who carry the Ark of the Covenant: ‘When you reach the edge of the Jordan’s waters, go and stand in the river.’’

And as soon as the priests who carry the ark of the Lord—the Lord of all the earth—set foot in the Jordan, its waters flowing downstream will be cut off and stand up in a heap” (Joshua 3:3-15).

Tell the priests go and stand in the river! This is a flooded river with waves and swirls and foam and tree branches racing by. They’re not going wading in a peaceful stream; they’re walking out into a violent torrent. Men, how would you have liked to be the priests that day? Especially the guys in the very front! Can you imagine walking up to the edge of that river carrying that precious, but heavy, golden ark? They must have been a pretty daring bunch of men! Even adrenaline junkies have a parachute. These men had God’s word. And, God is faithful to perform His word.

“As soon as the priests who carried the ark reached the Jordan and their feet touched the water’s edge, the water from upstream stopped flowing. It piled up in a heap a great distance away.”

God chose a few men to go stand in the river that day and all of Israel crossed the Jordan on dry ground because those men believed God. They were the ones who were able to see the miracle unfold at their feet. Now, how would you have liked to have been one of those priests!

God is calling a few men today to go and stand in the river–not every man. There are still families and neighborhoods and churches where men are needed. But, there are paths that haven’t been walked yet; there is some miraculous work to be done. Maybe God is calling you.


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