The LORD said to Joshua, "Today I will begin to exalt you in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that, as I was with Moses, so I will be with you..." (Joshua 3:7 ESV)
The LORD was giving Joshua courage so that Joshua would inspire courage in the 2 Million+ Israelites who were getting ready to cross the river Jordan. The problem was, though, the river Jordan. It was a big roadblock.
Were we to visit the river today, it wouldn’t look like much. It’s about 100 feet wide and 3 to 10 feet deep. This is challenging enough to cross with children and livestock, but it’s not impossible. Right now, though, the river’s flow is about 2% of what it used to be before countries around it started diverting it’s water for their clean water supply. Back when Joshua looked at it, the Jordan was anywhere from 4 to 14 miles wide. And they were facing it during flood season, when the water was deeper and running fast. But God had a plan.
“...And as for you, command the priests who bear the ark of the covenant, 'When you come to the brink of the waters of the Jordan, you shall stand still in the Jordan.'" (Joshua 3:8 ESV)
The Levites who carried the Ark of the Covenant were supposed to walk into the water on the riverbank. Then they were supposed to just stand there.
“And when the soles of the feet of the priests bearing the ark of the LORD, the Lord of all the earth, shall rest in the waters of the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan shall be cut off from flowing, and the waters coming down from above shall stand in one heap." (Joshua 3:13 ESV)
It sounded like a crazy plan because it didn’t solve the problem through things that the Israelites could do on their own. That’s because the roadblock was bigger than the Israelites could handle. But God was bigger than their roadblock. God is bigger than our roadblocks, too.
So how about you? Do you have roadblocks that you face today in your walk together with God? Do try to overcome them on your own or do you turn to God for solutions to these problems? Do you believe that God is bigger than your roadblocks?