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Face it, Joshua had big sandals to fill.  Moses was Israel’s leader for over forty years. He had done a host of miracles and spent days alone with God to prepare him to lead the nation of Israel.  Joshua had clearly been with him through the journey. But, now, as the people entered the land—Joshua needed confirmation that God appointed him to lead, to clear out Israel’s enemies and settle the land. 

Interestingly enough, God parts the Jordan River in front of Jericho, and allows the Israelites to cross on dry land—In the history of this free people, no story is more memorable or amazing than Moses parting the Red Sea. I am sure the Israelites and the people in Jericho knew the story and were awe struck to see it repeated. So, God uses Joshua to part the Jordan in the same way.  One path in to freedom—then one path in to their inheritance.  There could be no clearer affirmation of Joshua’s choice as leader.

Once we realize that God does direct our journey; it is incumbent upon us to follow humbly and with a grateful heart.  He will establish his leadership in a host of different ways.  If we are paying attention, he will provide confirmation of his leadership, time and again,  In John 14:21, Jesus reminds the disciples that if we love God and are obedient—he will reveal himself to us.  It is as if he pulls back the curtain and stands transparent–showing us the steps along the way.  The bottom line is this—if we will live a life that honors God, in his time, he will confirm his plan and honor us as his choice.

God Bless You

And the Lord said to Joshua, “Today I will begin to exalt you in the eyes of all Israel, so they may know that I am with you as I was with Moses. Tell the priests who carry the ark of the covenant: ‘When you reach the edge of the Jordan’s waters, go and stand in the river…’” Now then, choose twelve men from the tribes of Israel, one from each tribe. 13 And as soon as the priests who carry the ark of the Lord—the Lord of all the earth—set foot in the Jordan, its waters flowing downstream will be cut off and stand up in a heap.”

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.