Get Your Feet Wet
Joshua 3: 14- 17 (NIV)
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. It piled up in a heap a great distance away, at a town called Adam in the vicinity of Zarethan, while the water flowing down to the Sea of the Arabah (that is, the Dead Sea) was completely cut off. So the people crossed over opposite Jericho.
17 The priests who carried the ark of the covenant of the Lord stopped in the middle of the Jordan and stood on dry ground, while all Israel passed by until the whole nation had completed the crossing on dry ground.
It was the time of the year when the river of Jordan was wider and deeper than usual. This was due to the melting of snow from the mountains of Lebanon. It was also then, when God commanded Joshua to lead the Israelites to cross the river of Jordan. The moment the priests took a step into the river, water from the upstream stopped flowing and water towards the Dead Sea was completely cut off.
Through my Pastor’s sermon, I’ve gained new insights to this passage, one I was already familiar with. Firstly, the Ark of the Covenant has to go before the people and must be always present. The Ark of the Covenant represents God – His Presence and His Word. In verse 17, the Ark of the Covenant stopped in the middle of Jordan while the Israelites crossed the river.
In everything and anything that we do, we must follow the leading of God. God has to also be in the middle, the focus of everything that we do. We ought to be God-centric and not self-centric. Are there areas of our lives that are not God-centric, where God is not placed at the utmost priority? If so, get your priorities right! Matthew 6:33 teaches us to “seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need.” When we seek after the things of God, the blessings of God will come seeking after you!
In order to cross the river to enter into the Promised Land, the priests had to get their feet wet. Only when the priests’ feet touched the edge of the water, then water from the upstream stopped flowing and the people could cross the river. Likewise, we also have to get our feet wet in the various aspects of our lives! You can’t enter into your Promised Land without getting your feet wet. You can’t get a promotion without giving your excellence at work. You can’t win souls without going to the field to harvest. You can’t disciple others without spending time with them using the Bible – the Word of God. Break out of your comfort zone and get your feet wet from today onwards!
When the priests’ feet touched the water’s edge, the water leading from the town of Adam stopped flowing and the water towards the Dead Sea was completely cut off. It’s like saying that from the beginning of time, all your past will never be held against you. When you step into River, whatever negligence or past wrongs you’ve committed will be cut off completely. When you get your feet wet, all the generational curses of illness or immorality gets cut off completely.
I was very touched when I first heard my Pastor preached this during our Sunday service. Friends, brother-and-sisters-in-Christ, I want you to imagine this beautiful scene. When you take the step into River and get your feet wet, all your past sins that lead to death get cut off completely. A path is now opened up, and you can walk towards the Promised Land that you’ve been long dreaming for. It’s a beautiful sight isn’t it?
Our God is supernatural, He is bigger than Who you think He is. Miracles and supernatural things happen when you put God first. Step into River and get your feet wet. Let us prepare ourselves, get our feet wet and pray:
“Dear Great and Mighty Father, I thank You for Your supernatural power upon my life and in every situation. I am excited of the works that You’re doing in my life. I commit to put You as my utmost priority. I step into River and get my feet wet because when I do so, all my past sins and curses are cut off completely. Not only do I delight in this blessing You have for me, I actively share this good news with others around me. I thank You Father for the beautiful life ahead. I pray all these in the Name of Jesus. AMEN!”