Take the Plunge

Joshua 1:10-15 (NIV)

10 So Joshua ordered the officers of the people: 11 “Go through the camp and tell the people, ‘Get your provisions ready. Three days from now you will cross the Jordan here to go in and take possession of the land the Lord your God is giving you for your own.’”

12 But to the Reubenites, the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh, Joshua said,13 “Remember the command that Moses the servant of the Lord gave you after he said, ‘TheLord your God will give you rest by giving you this land.’ 14 Your wives, your children and your livestock may stay in the land that Moses gave you east of the Jordan, but all your fighting men, ready for battle, must cross over ahead of your fellow Israelites. You are to help them 15 until the Lord gives them rest, as he has done for you, and until they too have taken possession of the land the Lord your God is giving them. After that, you may go back and occupy your own land, which Moses the servant of the Lord gave you east of the Jordan toward the sunrise.”

There comes a time when you have to look at the barriers and obstacles that are in your way and move forward.  You may talk and pray about these barriers, but there comes a time when you need to take the plunge.  You need to overlook your feelings, your fears and your doubts.

Earlier in the chapter, the Lord told Joshua to be courageous and to lead the people across the Jordan River.  The entire nation has wandered in the desert for so many years. Now, they are being instructed to take the plunge literally and cross the river and fight for the land that the Lord will give them.  They had to cross the Jordan River at a time when it was during flood season.  They needed to cross, but God said to walk into the water first.  They needed faith in God to go ahead and then God performed a miracle so that the waters receded only after they started walking into the water.  God didn’t perform the miracle first.  He wanted to see action and faith in action before he did his part.  If there’s something that I want to change, I will need to take the plunge and do something about it instead of just talking and praying about it.

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