Joshua 3:8 (KJV) “And thou shalt command the priests that bear the ark of the covenant, saying, When ye have come to the brink of the water of Jordan, ye shall stand still in Jordan.”
As the Children of Israel approached the brink of entering the Promised Land, there was one more obstacle facing them: the Jordan River. Not only were they facing another obstacle, but they were facing a barrier that was much greater during this time of the year than it normally would have been. The Jordan River was overflowing to the point that the only way was to either swim or sail to get across. This was not a possibility for millions of people unless there was some form of Divine intervention, which called for the people to exercise their faith in God once again.
Understanding The Text
Joshua was instructed by the Lord to command the priests to go before the people with the Ark of the Covenant and stand still in the overflowing water. You can imagine the thoughts running through their minds as they looked at the obstacle in front of them and pondered the command given by Joshua. Nonetheless, the priests obeyed Joshua and the Word of the Lord. As they stepped into the water, the waters began to roll back and the priests looked down and realized that they were standing on dry ground! The exercise of their faith allowed the people of God to pass through the floods on dry ground (vv. 14-17).
Likewise, in our time, as we approach the borders of the land of promise in our lives, we may face barriers and obstacles which may appear to be insurmountable. God is giving the command to “step into the water” for it is the only way to enter into the land of promise. Do we take this step of faith or do we stand on the river banks second-guessing the instruction of the Lord? We must remember that God has also promised that,
“When thou passes through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee…” (Isaiah 43:2).
Entering the land of promise has always been contingent upon our faith in God’s ability to bring His promise to pass. However, it is also contingent upon our willingness to be obedient and “step into the water” when given the command to do so. God will never lead us where He has not already made provision for our well-being. This is the kind of God and Father He has always been and will always be to us. We only need to take that first step in faith and watch how He rolls back the “floods of life” on our behalf.