Saturday, January 10, 2015

January 10 - Joshua 3

Today's reading in our daily plan is Joshua 3. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)

  • In verses 1-13, Joshua and his priests are about to cross the Jordan River (about a mile wide) carrying the Ark of the Covenant.  The priests are told that as soon as they put their feet into the river, the water will stop flowing and will stand like a wall, allowing them to cross.
  • In verses 14-17, the priests trust in God and begin advancing across the river just as they were promised.  The whole nation of Israel passed through the river on dry ground.  

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • It’s interesting that when the Israelites crossed the Red Sea, God parted the waters before the people walked in. Here, God asks the Israelites to put their feet in the water before He parts it. It’s like God is asking them to take their faith to another level.
  • What the Israelites are asked to do seems crazy, but they are listening for God’s leading and willing to obey. We need to do the same.
  • It is our responsibility to be prepared to let God use us and work through us in amazing ways.  To consecrate meant to take time to fully prepare for God’s leading (see verse 5).

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

  • Is there something you’ve done in the past, but you’re now being asked to do something bigger or more intimidating? Maybe God is asking you to take your faith to another level? But will you do it?
  • Reading the Bible is one way to listen for God’s leading, so … way to go! What are some other ways you can listen for God’s leading?
  • Is there a place in your life where God’s been leading, but you haven’t been obeying?