The LORD said to Joshua, “This day I will begin to exalt you in the sight of all Israel, so that they may know that I will be with you as I was with Moses. You are the one who shall command the priests who bear the ark of the covenant, ‘When you come to the edge of the waters of the Jordan, you shall stand still in the Jordan.’” Joshua then said to the Israelites, “Draw near and hear the words of the LORD your God.” Joshua said, “By this you shall know that among you is the living God who without fail will drive out from before you the Canaanites, Hittites, Hivites, Perizzites, Girgashites, Amorites, and Jebusites: the ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earth is going to pass before you into the Jordan. So now select twelve men from the tribes of Israel, one from each tribe. When the soles of the feet of the priests who bear the ark of the LORD, the Lord of all the earth, rest in the waters of the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan flowing from above shall be cut off; they shall stand in a single heap.” When the people set out from their tents to cross over the Jordan, the priests bearing the ark of the covenant were in front of the people. Now the Jordan overflows all its banks throughout the time of harvest. So when those who bore the ark had come to the Jordan, and the feet of the priests bearing the ark were dipped in the edge of the water, the waters flowing from above stood still, rising up in a single heap far off at Adam, the city that is beside Zarethan, while those flowing toward the sea of the Arabah, the Dead Sea, were wholly cut off. Then the people crossed over opposite Jericho. 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. (Joshua 3:7-17, NRSV)
Sometimes it is hard to believe the stories we read in the Bible.
Moses parted the Sea of Reeds and here the Jordan River stops flowing to allow the people of God to cross the river on dry ground.
It is hard to believe, because science tells us it can’t happen, and we haven’t seen it so it is just not possible.
Yet seeing isn’t believing. I saw David Copperfield make the Statue of Liberty disappear. But I saw it, doesn’t mean it really disappeared.
So why can we not just accept that God can do whatever He wants. As the one who created the universe and set everything in motion, can He not bend the laws that keep all of this world moving forward?
God will do whatever He needs to do to keep His people where He needs them to be. Not happy, but moving forward in His mission.
So sometimes we just have to step out on faith and believe in the unbelievable!