February 28, 2021 | Scott McDermott
So when the people broke camp to cross the Jordan, the priests carrying the ark of the covenant went ahead of them. Now the Jordan is at flood stage all during harvest. Yet as soon as the priests who carried the ark reached the Jordan and their feet touched the water’s edge, the water from upstream stopped flowing. It piled up in a heap a great distance away, at a town called Adam in the vicinity of Zarethan, while the water flowing down to the Sea of the Arabah (that is, the Dead Sea) was completely cut off. So the people crossed over opposite Jericho. The priests who carried the ark of the covenant of the Lord stopped in the middle of the Jordan and stood on dry ground, while all Israel passed by until the whole nation had completed the crossing on dry ground.
When the whole nation had finished crossing the Jordan, the Lord said to Joshua, “Choose twelve men from among the people, one from each tribe, and tell them to take up twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan, from right where the priests are standing, and carry them over with you and put them down at the place where you stay tonight.” So Joshua called together the twelve men he had appointed from the Israelites, one from each tribe, and said to them, “Go over before the ark of the Lord your God into the middle of the Jordan. Each of you is to take up a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the Israelites, to serve as a sign among you. In the future, when your children ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’ tell them that the flow of the Jordan was cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord. When it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. These stones are to be a memorial to the people of Israel forever.”
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 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.”
God never stops working
Not in the middle of our greatest hardship
Not in our darkest hour
Not in our most impossible situation
3 Important lessons
1. God’s timing is not always our timing.
2. God's ways are not always our ways
3. When we walk with God we can expect miracles to happen.
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.”
I Dream of a Church by Scott McDermott
I dream of a church where people come to faith every sunday where healing flows as naturally as a spring rain
Where testimony to God's supernatural activity is a common occurence
Where worship attracts heavens attention and prayer draws heaven down to earth
Where teaching empowers instructs and revives
Where faith is contagious, love hope is infectious, and power is transferable love never fails
Where God is at home with us and we are at home with God
Where thousands come to receive thousands each one sent out to serve and millions are blessed
I dream of a church that redefines church and I dream of a church the way God intended it to be. I dream we are that church.
1. How is God seeking to change you as you await his timing and answer?
2. What way is God making for you?
3. What miracles have you already seen as you live in your present challenges?
4. Based upon what you have already seen God do in your life, what key lessons does he want you to remember now?
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