The book of Joshua begins with the report of Moses’ death. Suddenly the weight of the world shifts to the shoulders of a young man named Joshua. Forty years of wilderness wanderings are coming to a close, and Joshua must move forward minus the comfort of his mentor. It’s time to move into the next phase of God’s plan. It’s time to cross the Jordan. Joshua has been here before. Forty years prior he was one of twelve charged with surveying the land for occupation. The discovery of giants and fortified cities stirred a wave of fear that paralyzed most of his fellow countrymen. The result, forty years necessary for God to prepare His people to, not only receive a kingdom, but develop the character to keep a kingdom.
As was done before, the spies are sent in to give a report already familiar to Joshua. This time things will be different. The same challenges must be faced but the wilderness has yielded the fruit of fellowship with God. His voice now more likely discerned. Joshua must now lead his family into a place of both terror and triumph.
Recent events have plunged most of the world into an unprecedented “wilderness”. As difficult as it has been many believers have discovered some of the benefits produced in the wilderness. This has been a time of grieving and growth, ruin and revival, restlessness and relief. The presence of God is renewed as reflection and repentance is practiced. It won’t be long until we are called to “cross the Jordan” and enter a place of promise. There will be giants to face, walls to march around, and battles to win.
We have been experiencing an extended pass through a strange wilderness. Reentering the world so impacted by a tiny devastating virus, provides the Church with the greatest opportunity ever. As the social world opens once again, I believe hearts will open as well. When the time is right we will “cross the Jordan”, and enter into a time of revival and hope. God’s kingdom advances. God is calling us to lead like Joshua.
The words spoken to Joshua over 3500 years ago are as relevant today as they were then. Jos 1:6-9 “Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their forefathers to give them. Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”
It’s time, “Get ready to cross the Jordan”.