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For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Joshua 3:9-17

 

 And Joshua said to the people of Israel, “Come here and listen to the words of the LORD your God.”

 And Joshua said, “Here is how you shall know that the living God is among you and that he will without fail drive out from before you the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Hivites, the Perizzites, the Girgashites, the Amorites, and the Jebusites.

 Behold, the ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earth is passing over before you into the Jordan.

 Now therefore take twelve men from the tribes of Israel, from each tribe a man.

 And when the soles of the feet of the priests bearing the ark of the LORD, the Lord of all the earth, shall rest in the waters of the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan shall be cut off from flowing, and the waters coming down from above shall stand in one heap.”

 So when the people set out from their tents to pass over the Jordan with the priests bearing the ark of the covenant before the people,

 and as soon as those bearing the ark had come as far as the Jordan, and the feet of the priests bearing the ark were dipped in the brink of the water (now the Jordan overflows all its banks throughout the time of harvest),

 the waters coming down from above stood and rose up in a heap very far away, at Adam, the city that is beside Zarethan, and those flowing down toward the Sea of the Arabah, the Salt Sea, were completely cut off. And the people passed over opposite Jericho.

 Now the priests bearing the ark of the covenant of the LORD stood firmly on dry ground in the midst of the Jordan, and all Israel was passing over on dry ground until all the nation finished passing over the Jordan.

 

They left their tents and followed. We are also asked to leave all and follow. Sometimes it means leaving what has been provided; shelter and security, warmth and privacy. We are left vulnerable, totally dependent upon the Lord of the earth. He provides all we have need of as we follow Him. Let us not stray to the right or left but follow where He leads. For in Him is all we need today, tomorrow, forever.

 

Much is made of the fact that God went before and when God goes before us, wondrous things happen. Note they left all behind to follow Him. The same expectation is required of us when we determine to answer the call of Jesus His Son, to follow Him. Not only leaving our ‘tents’ as in earthly things but also our ‘tents’ as in our self – all that is us – mind, will, emotions. We too, willingly become vulnerable to what could be, trusting in the Lord to keep, provide, and lead. Going into our ‘promised land’ can take us through some wondrous events also as we see the Presence of God going before us, defeating our enemy.

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