I was out for a run recently and needed to cross the street. As I navigated myself safely to the other side, I was thinking about how simple it is for us to just look both ways and cross over to the other side of the street. How simple it is to look to the left and the right and if there are no cars coming, we can cross the street.
Crossing over had a whole different meaning when it was written about in the old testament. The nation of Israel wondered aimlessly for 40 years in an attempt to cross over into the promise land. I thought of Joshua and how God led them over the Jordan River to possess their promised land under his leadership, because he believed with his whole heart that it was theirs for the taking!
Joshua 3:1New American Bible (Revised Edition
Preparations for Crossing the Jordan. 1 Early the next morning, Joshua and all the Israelites moved from Shittim and came to the Jordan, where they stayed before crossing over.
At the end of three days the officers went through the camp and gave the people instructions. The israelites were instructed to keep a space of 2,000 cubits between them and the ark of the covenant. This instruction was so they could see the ark and know which way to go. They had never traveled this way before. If you know your bible, you know how holy that ark was. It was the ark of the Lord of all the earth!
Many of us are in a transition time of crossing over. Some of you are moving into the promises of God that you have been holding onto for a long time. Some of you sense that you are in a transition, but are not quite sure where God is leading you. Just like Joshua and the Israelites, it is so important to allow the Lord of all the earth to lead the way. This insures that you are on His path and not your own.
The next instruction was for the people to sanctify themselves. The amplified bible describes sanctification as “separating yourself for a special, holy purpose.” As you are in transition, it is important to separate yourself from the things that God is leading you out of, so you can receive your promise land.
I love what Joshua did next:
Joshua 3:9-11Living Bible (TLB)
9 Then Joshua summoned all the people and told them, “Come and listen to what the Lord your God has said. 10 Today you are going to know for sure that the living God is among you and that he will, without fail, drive out the Canaanites, Hittites, Hivites, Perizzites, Girgashites, Amorites, and Jebusites—all the people who now live in the land you will soon occupy. 11 Think of it! The Ark of God, who is Lord of the whole earth, will lead you across the river!
I love that Joshua, as their leader, was able to encourage them greatly as he lead them through this incredible transition. The word says that he was full of the spirit of wisdom. As you are going through transition in your own life, it is important to have Godly people by your side who are full of wisdom from the Lord.
If you are in a season of transition, ask yourself these three questions: 1. Is the Lord of all the earth leading the way?
2. Am I allowing myself to be sanctified through this transition?
3. Do I have wise counsel and encouragement as I am crossing over my Jordan?
May the journey into your promised land be a joyful one!