A Lesson for July 14th

The Colorado River in the Grand Canyon
Get your feet wet (R. Shaw photo of Colorado River in the Grand Canyon)

Joshua 3:13When the soles of the feet of the priests who bear the ark of the LORD, the Lord of all the earth, rest in the waters of the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan flowing from above shall be cut off; they shall stand in a single heap.”

Imagine being one of these twelve priests, having to step into the cold rushing water of the Jordan River, faithfully trusting the LORD to cut off the flow of the river. Perched on your shoulder is a pole supporting the Ark of the Covenant, a box commissioned by God to hold the fragments of the stones upon which the Ten Commandments had been carved. This box is so powerful, you have been warned not to touch it, lest you die. Before reaching the river, everyone else had been warned to stay a thousand yards away from this box.

The stones under the fast moving water may be slippery. All twelve of you must venture into the water before the flow will stop. Are you afraid? Do you have faith to step into the water?

Each day life presents challenges of faith and fear. Fear teaches us to act wisely. I imagine twelve strong sure-footed priests were selected to step into the Jordan River that morning three and a half millennia ago, so if anyone might slip, the others could support the load. Faith teaches us that we can accomplish great things when we step beyond our comfort zone. We believe the twelve priests successfully carried the ark into the river, and Israel did cross into the Promised Land.

Our lesson for today is to have faith beyond fear and step into the water.

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