Crossing the Barriers
We were entirely ready to have God remove these defects of character.
For those of us who've used dysfunctional patterns to govern our lives, crossing over into an entirely new way of living takes some preparation. We may see where we're supposed to end up, but we don't know how to get there.
Israel had wandered for forty years in the wilderness. Finally they arrived at the Jordan River and were able to see the Promised Land. But still, there was no way for them to cross the river. They were instructed, "When you see the Levitical priests carrying the Ark of the Covenant of the LORD your God, move out from your positions and follow them. Since you have never traveled this way before, they will guide you" (Joshua 3:3-4). God miraculously stopped the flow of the river, and the people focused their attention on the Ark of God as they crossed on dry ground.
We, too, have never traveled this way before, where we are now going. We can be guided by focusing on what the Ark represents. "Inside the Ark were a gold jar containing manna, Aaron's staff that sprouted leaves, and the stone tablets of the covenant" (Hebrews 9:4). These represented God's presence, his law, his promised provision, and a warning against rebellion to "prevent any further deaths" (Numbers 17:10).
As God helps us cross the final barriers we need to remember that his law is there to guide us and he will provide our daily bread. We also need to bear in mind the dangers of rebellion. With this focus and preparation, we will be ready to move ahead.
We can move ahead with confidence when our eyes are on God.