GO • LOVE • LIVE Monthly

 
 

The First Monday of the month we send out a Devotional written by a staff member, leader or a key volunteer. This months devotional is below.

Feet First

9 Joshua said to the Israelites, “Come here and listen to the words of the Lordyour God. 10 This is how you will know that the living God is among you and that he will certainly drive out before you the Canaanites, Hittites, Hivites, Perizzites, Girgashites, Amorites and Jebusites. 11 See, the ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earth will go into the Jordan ahead of you. 12 Now then, choose twelve men from the tribes of Israel, one from each tribe. 13 And as soon as the priests who carry the ark of the Lord—the Lord of all the earth—set foot in the Jordan, its waters flowing downstream will be cut off and stand up in a heap.”(Joshua 3:9-13)

 This is one of my favorite stories in the Bible. At first glance we can read this and see the promise of God who promises to stop water for the Israelites to cross, but if we just read this story and see the power of God I believe we miss much of what this story communicates. So with that in mind, read it again.

 Did you see anything else? 

 We see God not only provides a promise to stop the water from flowing so they can cross, but a command for the priests to put their feet in the water first, then God will stop the flow of water. Read the next few verses and see how it all works out.

 14 So when the people broke camp to cross the Jordan, the priests carrying the ark of the covenant went ahead of them. 15 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, 16 the water from upstream stopped flowing. (Joshua 3:14-16).

 The Jordan river is at flood stage. Do yourself a favor and YouTube the Jordan river at flood stage to get a sense of what they might have walked up on. They had the promise that God would stop the waters once the priests put their feet in the water, again this isn’t water that is still or like putting your feet in the ocean, it’s flooding. Then it says “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.”

Even with the promise of God the Israelites still had to put their feet in the water. 

I wonder how many miracles, how many opportunities, how many blessings or how many moments I’ve missed where God has clearly given me directions, but I just didn’t do my part and put my feet in the water.

This story reminds me to do just that. To believe God can still “stop the waters” in my life, if I just put my feet in the water. It reminds me that I can do what God as asked me to do and when I do God will do what only He can do, because as much as I’d like to believe I can stop a river at flood stage from flowing only God can.

The challenge is, unless we go go all in we will never cross our “Jordan River” and enter the promise land.

 

•  What stands out to you?

• Why?

  • What was it?

• What are the areas in your life that feel like you’re drowning?

• What has God said about those things?

• Have you prayed about it?

• What is God asking you to do?

 • What is preventing you from “putting your feet in the water” (doing it)?

•  If we believed and started to live with the confidence that God would move, how much more willing and bold would you be to GO to the missing?

•  If we believed and started to live with the confidence that God would move, how would this impact how you LOVE the marginalized?

•  If we believed and started to live with the confidence that God would move, how would this help us to LIVE as God’s kid?

 

Blue Ash Community Church Mission:

         GO to the missing.

         LOVE the marginalized.

         LIVE as God’s kids.

 

-Written by Andy Rainey

                   Lead Pastor 

Blue Ash Community Church Mission:

              GO to the missing.

              LOVE the marginalized.

              LIVE as God’s kids.