It’s all about trust
The Lord told Joshua, “Today I will begin to make you a great leader in the eyes of all the Israelites. They will know that I am with you, just as I was with Moses. Give this command to the priests who carry the Ark of the Covenant: ‘When you reach the banks of the Jordan River, take a few steps into the river and stop there.’”So Joshua told the Israelites, “Come and listen to what the Lord your God says. Today you will know that the living God is among you. He will surely drive out the Canaanites, Hittites, Hivites, Perizzites, Girgashites, Amorites, and Jebusites ahead of you. Look, the Ark of the Covenant, which belongs to the Lord of the whole earth, will lead you across the Jordan River! Now choose twelve men from the tribes of Israel, one from each tribe. The priests will carry the Ark of the Lord, the Lord of all the earth. As soon as their feet touch the water, the flow of water will be cut off upstream, and the river will stand up like a wall.” Joshua 3:7-13 NLT
When the Israelites were in the bank of Jordan River, there were thousands of soldiers as well as the citizens. They are lined up miles along the banks and no one uttered complain. There was no murmuring and dissent among the people. To attempt to cross the raging river will mean death. How about the children and pregnant women, herds of sheep and cattle crossing that wide river? Yet, all were expectant and by faith trust God’s promise that they would be able to cross and enter the Promise Land. All they knew was that they have a great God on their side and He is faithful to keep His promises. God was in control! We too are called upon to trust God believing that no matter what circumstances we will be facing, God will be with us and will see us through. Just like Joshua, God will honor our faithfulness. His leadership will be appreciated and recognized by the people for God will use His life as an example of God’s presence in the life of believers. We trust a living God who is with us even in times of uncertainties. He will drive out those that will enslave, oppress, and create fear in us. How we live our lives matters not only to God we claim we believe but also to those who are looking up to us. When God exalts His children it is always for the purpose of reminding others that there is a living God. “Today I will begin to make you a great leader in the eyes of all the Israelites. They will know that I am with you” (Joshua 3:7).