Hey hey hey
Hope the weekend was great for you?
Mine was filled with quality activities and lessons. My Boss is currently in Ghana, so she came to have a clarity session with the GEMGirl team.
It indeed was awesome.
To our word today…
Hmmm. Isn’t the Word of God just full of revelation?
You read today, 1 lesson.
You read the same verse tomorrow, another lesson!
It keeps getting better with the Bible o. So, I’ve stated in a former post that I’m currently reading through the Old Testament. I’m taking my time and not giving myself rules and regulations.
Anyway, I read about the Israelites crossing Jordan and it was like I’ve never seen that part of the Bible before.
Honestly, I feel like I’m currently at Jordan too.
So, here’s Joshua, who was afraid and bothered about how he was going to fit into Moses’ shoes!
God kept encouraging him to ‘be strong and courageous!’ So his level of faith grew.
It was almost time to enter the promise land. All those who disobeyed the Lord about entering the promise land years ago have now died. (I’m hoping you know the story!)
Joshua has taken over from Moses and it’s time to take the land God promised.
Reading through Joshua 3, I first stopped at verse 5.
Joshua told the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you.”
Let’s pause there for a while.
Do you know that God is going to do amazing things tomorrow? Like, in your life, family and society…
But, what are you doing to get prepared?
Are you consecrating yourself?
The Old Testament consecration was quite different, but I’d like to think of consecration in our days as depriving ourselves of certain things because of what we want to gain.
Set out time to be with God.
Consecrate yourselves and stand out from your peers.
Ok, but this isn’t even what I wanted to bring out with the story of Jordan.
Joshua 3: 7
And the Lord said to Joshua, “Today, I will begin to exalt you in the eyes of all Is real, so they may know that I am with you as I was with Moses. Tell the priests who carry the ark of covenant: ‘When you reach the edge of the Jordan’s waters, go and stand in the river.'”
Did you miss it?
Ok, let’s keep reading.
Now the Jordan is at flood stage all during harvest. Yet 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, at a town called Adam in the vicinity of Zarethan, while the water flowing to the sea of the Arabag (the salt sea) was completely cut off. So the people crossed over the opposite Jericho.
The priests who carried the ark of the covenant of the Lord stood firm on dry ground in the middle of the Jordan, while all Israel passed by until the whole nation had completed the crossing on dry ground.
I beg you, if you skipped these verses, go back up and read them. If not, you’d not get the lesson. Thank you. Oya, scroll back up.
Beside this verse, I wrote in my Bible- “See Trust!”
But I haven’t still gotten to the lesson God taught me with this story o.
When you read on, you’d get to Chapter 4:18
And the priests came up out of the river carrying the ark of the covenant of the Lord. No sooner had they set their feet on the dry ground than the waters of the Jordan returned to their place and ran at flood stage as before.
Do you now ‘gerrit’? (Get it?)
This is a river that flows like there’s a flood! Like, no kidding. God now said when the priests step into it, it will become dry land…ehn?
Verse 15 again
YET AS SOON AS THE PRIESTS WHO CARRIED THE ARK REACHED THE JORDAN AND THEIR FEET TOUCHED THE WATERS EDGE…
Do you know that I find this story more interesting than the crossing of the Red Sea. (Which is the story most people know.)
God taught me that with the Red Sea, Moses stretched his rod first o. So the people could see very well that the water had parted.
But with Jordan, the flow was serious!
And God didn’t say stretch rod, He said, step inside and it will become dry.
Do you get now?
He didn’t say test it first, if it will work for you.
He said dive into it head first, with only your trust as back up!
Haha! I feel like shouting.
Hian, God, in this economy, with the way the world is, you’re asking us to step into Jordan when we don’t know what will happen next?
If the water carries us with the current nko?
God is not a man, so he does not lie. He is not human, so he does not change his mind. Has he ever spoken and failed to act? Has he ever promised and not carried it through?
But when God says something, there is no IF, it is WHEN! Because, my dear, if it is the same God I know, that thing will happen! It’s only a matter of time.
I’ve finally come out to say I’m writing a book. Hian, the fear was and is still kinda real.
Sometimes, the thing will grip me like crazy and I’d be discouraged.
Other times, my faith is on fleek!
I’m at Jordan.
The question is, will I step into the water?
Will I really put my feet in and see if the water will dry?
But do you realize something, if you don’t step into Jordan, you’d never know if the water would have stopped for real.
You’d live with ‘what if’ for the rest of your life.
What if it ended up happening the way God had said it will?
It will be a guess game till the end.
The only way you can know if Jordan will become dry land is when you actually step your feet inside it.
In one way or the other, we’re all at Jordan.
Again, the question I want to leave us with today is-
WILL YOU STEP INTO THE WATER WITH YOUR TRUST AS YOUR ONLY BACK UP?
Think about it.
Have an amazing week ahead.
I have a paper this evening and I know God has gone ahead of me with favour!
Last week, I was tempted to stop posting for the two weeks of my exams…
Haha, Devil, ntoi!
How would I have shared this then?
Anyway… Stay awesome.
And maybe, step into Jordan too.