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Set foot into the river



Have you ever looked at a situation in your life and thought “where are you God?!?”


There’s been many times in my life when God’s told me to do something and promised that He would be with me, but when I stepped into doing what He’d asked I felt as though I couldn’t find Him anywhere!

Let me tell you a story from the bible. It’s from Joshua 3. Just to give you a bit of background- the Israelites had been slaves in Egypt for many years, and God promised them He would take them out and bring them to the Promised Land... 40 years later, they were so close to that promise being fulfilled.


They were on the threshold of the Promised Land, but one thing stood in their way... the Jordan River.


Now the Jordan River was big on an ordinary day, but this was harvest season, so it was at it’s biggest- the banks were bursting!!!


As the Israelites stood at the bank, all hope seemed lost. There was no way they could get over this.


Joshua, the leader of the Israelites, heard from God. God said “tell the priests to stand in the river, and when they set foot in it, the water will stop and my people can cross.”


So Joshua, a man of great faith, did exactly what God had asked.


The priests walked up to the river....

They stepped in.... and.....


Nothing happened.


What?!? I can imagine the priests starting to question... perhaps starting to scratch their heads a little. Why did God take us this far just to abandon us?!?

But, then you read in the next part of the story that as soon as the priests stepped foot in the river, although nothing happened where they were, the water stopped flowing some 20 miles upstream in a town called Adam.


A while later, the effects of the water stopping upstream reached Joshua, the priests, and the nation of Israel. The river became dry ground and the people crossed over into the land God had promised them.

Friends, God is working in your life. You might not feel it right now, you might not see it right now, but He is working.


God has promised us that He will always love us no matter what. He has our backs. Sometimes He’s 20 miles ahead of us putting things into place!



All we have to do is listen to Him, set foot in the river, and trust that He is working.

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