March 1, 2017
Cross the Jordan
So Joshua ordered the officers of the people: "Go through the camp and tell the people, 'Get your supplies ready. Three days from now you will cross the Jordan here to go in and take possession of the land the LORD your God is giving you for your own.'" Joshua 1:10-11
God is omnipotent! Nothing can thwart His plan. Yet, at the same time, He gives us the privilege of participating in His work on earth. He allows us to be used as instruments to carry out His plan. We can't do it without Him; He chooses not to do it without us. I love the way Jerry Bridges explains this. Comparing our partnership with God to farming he says, "Farming is a joint venture between God and the farmer. The farmer cannot do what God must do, and God will not do what the farmer should do."*
In our verses today, it is clear that God is the One giving His people the land, but He instructs them to get the supplies ready. He gives them a timeline to physically cross the Jordan. He will be with them as they go into the new land and do the physical work of taking possession.
Are you doing your part in the joint venture with God? Certainly, you must follow God's direction and depend on His strength, but He expects you to get the supplies ready. It's time to move forward and cross your "Jordan." It's time to take possession of the great things that God has for you. What are you waiting for? Get up and get going! There are some great things in store on the other side of the Jordan!
Father, give me the confidence to know that I am following You and Your plan. Then give Me the strength and courage to get up and get the job done. In Jesus' name. Amen.
*The Pursuit of Holiness, NAV Press, 1966, p.9