Thursday 02 September 2021

Bible Book:

While all Israel were crossing over on dry ground, the priests who bore the ark of the covenant of the Lord stood on dry ground in the middle of the Jordan, until the entire nation finished crossing over the Jordan. (v. 17)

Joshua 3:1-17 Thursday 2 September 2021

Psalm 50: 1-6


So near and yet so far! After their long and difficult journey though the wilderness, in our reading today the people of Israel are now within sight of the Promised Land. But there is an overflowing river blocking their path.

We can relate to this, as after the relative quiet ('barren land'?) of August, the beginning of September can feel overwhelming as evening meetings, preparing school packed lunches, and other commitments come flooding into our day.

I note that the people of Israel camped on the riverbank for three days before their next move. They didn't rush. They refused to let the torrent of water force them into hasty or rash decisions.

When they did move, they did so together – as one community. Joshua didn't step out on his own and hope that everyone else would follow him. He first explained to the people what was going to happen. Then the priests, who led the way, waited in the middle until everyone had made the crossing.

 Most importantly of all, the people followed the Ark of the Covenant which was a visible sign of God’s presence with them. God went ahead of them. They walked in the path God prepared for them.          


To Ponder:

  • When have you felt so near and yet so far?
  • What visible signs help you to know God’s presence?


We pray today for those who feel overwhelmed.


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