Too Wide and Too Deep?

Reference scripture: Joshua 3: 14-17

When the Israelites crossed into the Promised Land, the Jordan River was likely over 100 feet wide and over 10 Feet deep, according to many Bible scholars. The crossing took place at the time of harvest when the river would have been in flood stage, overflowing its banks and growing turbulent with the flooding. God had instructed Joshua to command the priests to carry the ark before them and assured him ahead of time that as soon as the soles of the priests’ feet rested in the river, the waters would be cut off and “stand up in a heap” (Joshua 3: 13). It is noteworthy that their whole foot would need to rest in the waters- no dipping their toes in to test if the waters would indeed part! God promised that He would move the water out of the way; therefore, they needed to literally step out in faith- faith that their God would keep His word and He was well able to do all that He intended (Joshua 21:45 & Ephesians 1:19).

Praise God that He does not change (see Hebrews 13:8); He is still and always will be trustworthy and powerful- the Almighty who never fails to keep His promises! No deep waters of our trials will ever be too much for our God; and just as with the ancient Israelites, God’s children today can confidently step out in faith while resting in the promise of Isaiah 43:2:

When you pass through the waters…

I will be with you.