What a great chapter.
As soon as the people saw the ark being carried – they were to set out and follow it (v 3).
👉 When God is on the move – God’s people should be quick to follow.
In this short passage, the people are reminded five times who it is that they are following.
• the Lord your God (v 3)
• the Lord [who does wonders] (v 5)
• the Lord your God (v 9)
• the Lord of all the earth (v 11)
• the Lord of all the earth (v 13)
And when the people obey and follow – God will without fail do what he has promised (v 10). We serve a faithful God.
Notice that the waters did not part until the priests dipped their feet into the Jordan (v 15). But – when they did – their obedience and faith were rewarded. Notice that the people crossed over on dry ground (v 17.) Not only were the waters moved – it was as if the water had never been there! Dry ground.
I couldn’t help but think that this is how our lives are changed when we follow Christ. There isn’t a muddy residue left behind – no lingering bits of the old us. We are not refurbished or repurposed. Christ makes us brand new.
Twice in the last verse – dry ground – during a season when the banks of the Jordan often overflowed. And when they crossed – they weren’t slipping or sinking – they were standing firmly. What a great image.
Live like you’re loved – because you are. ♥️