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Our River Crossings
1/4/2016

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJV)

Whenever I am confronted with something very challenging and I find myself not wanting to go forward, I am often reminded of the story of Joshua leading the Israelites across the Jordan River.  This is a great story for each of us to reflect upon, because it provides an amazing life principle within it—one that will govern our decisions to either press forward in faith when we are tempted to turn and flee, or to succumb to our fears and stay wandering in the wilderness of doubt and confusion. 

I believe we have all been called to cross a “Jordan River” of sorts.  For some it is an illness or catastrophic injury, or it can be a rough relationship between a friend, family members, or even a spouse, while for others it is a seemingly unbearable job.  Regardless of what we may be facing, we will all find ourselves in the same place as the Israelites, faced with the challenge of walking in faith—walking into the very thing we thought to be impossible to go through.  It was the same thing their father’s were called to do when they crossed the Red Sea. 

It has been rightly said, “God won’t deliver you from what He can perfect you in through.”  Thankfully we have been given a promise by God in 1 Cor. 10:13, telling us He will not allow us to be tempted (tested) beyond what we are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, so we may be able to “bear” it.  This verse speaks very clearly to me.  First of all, it tells me we are still going to have to “bear” it, which means there will be times when we will be called to cross our own river of testing—we won't be delivered from encountering it.  Remember God could have easily kept the Israelites from having to cross the Red Sea or the Jordan, but He chose to have them go through both of these experiences to test, increase, and show their faith, or lack thereof. 

Next, 1 Cor. 10:13 tells me I can be confident I am not going to have to cross any river I can’t handle, as long as I utilize God’s escape clause—the escape clause being Him and His Word.  This means I need to turn to Him, trust Him, seek His wisdom and will, and then choose to believe He is in control and will guide me through every step.  

It’s cool to see the outline God gave Joshua for crossing the Jordan—God told Joshua, “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go” Joshua 1:8-9 (NKJV).   

I believe it is important for each of us to study and know these instructions given to Joshua and the Israelites, because it is the same outline for each of us to utilize in our journey in life as well.  Let’s face it, we are going to encounter a few “river crossings” in our life, so let’s be prepared by choosing not to lean upon our own understanding, but in all of our ways, let’s choose to acknowledge God’s will as outlined in His Word (Rom. 12:2)—knowing as we abide in Him He will make our paths straight and we will be blessed abundantly (Prov. 3:5-6; John 15:1-10). 

I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these truths today. 

STUDY QUESTION: According to Proverbs 3:5-6, what are we told to do, and what are we promised?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you trusting God with all of your heart, and acknowledging His will for you when confronted with tough situations?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Choose to always trust the Lord, and seek His will through His Word for every situation.  Choose to abide in His will, even when you don’t feel like it or may feel that what is happening to us is not fair.

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER TODAY: Father, thank You for Your Word, and for the guidance You have given me within it.  I choose to trust You today in every situation I face.  Help me to know Your will through Your Word.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be blessed. Pastor Scott

 

 


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