Today's Lectionary Text
That day the Lord exalted Joshua in the sight of all Israel; and they stood in awe of him all the days of his life, just as they had stood in awe of Moses.
Then the Lord said to Joshua, “Command the priests carrying the ark of the covenant law to come up out of the Jordan.”
So, Joshua commanded the priests, “Come up out of the Jordan.”
And the priests came up out of the river carrying the ark of the covenant of the Lord. No sooner had they set their feet on the dry ground than the waters of the Jordan returned to their place and ran at flood stage as before.
On the tenth day of the first month the people went up from the Jordan and camped at Gilgal on the eastern border of Jericho. And Joshua set up at Gilgal the twelve stones they had taken out of the Jordan. He said to the Israelites, “In the future when your descendants ask their parents, ‘What do these stones mean?’ tell them, ‘Israel crossed the Jordan on dry ground.’ For the LORD, your God dried up the Jordan before you until you had crossed over. The Lord your God did to the Jordan what he had done to the Red Sea[a] when he dried it up before us until we had crossed over. He did this so that all the peoples of the earth might know that the hand of the Lord is powerful and so that you might always fear the Lord your God.”
The blessings of the Lord come to us in different ways. Ways that we may have never thought of. Such as how our lives have changed when we looked upon the Lord. Notice that the action on our part is important when walking with the Lord. As in the scripture lesson for today we see that Joshua commanded the priest to step out of the Jordan River which had dried up for the Hebrew’s to cross only after they had stepped into the water in faith that God would lead them through the water.
This situation is much like the parting of the Red Sea for Moses and the Hebrew Nation. Moses stepped forth into the sea before God parted it. In our faith walk with God, the initial step of faith should be taken by us as believers. In other words, we say a prayer or request to the Lord, and He moves on our behalf.
We often think that God knows what we need and when we need it, and this is no reason to bother with a prayer of request. Even though God does know what we need and desire, our praises, requests for forgiveness and petitions are important.
For God loves His children and is always available for us.
-Pastor Brad Zimmerman
Prayer for Reflection
Dear Lord, we pray that we always remember the blessings that you have given to us. Amen.
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