“One Step at a Time” – Joshua 3:17

Joshua 3:17 

“And the priests that bare the ark of the covenant of the Lord stood firm on dry ground in the midst of Jordan, and all the Israelites passed over on dry ground until all the people were passed clean over Jordan.” 

God has a unique way of doing things. His way of salvation is different from anyone else. It is through Jesus Christ alone. His way of getting us through life is definitely unique. When Joshua needed to cross the Jordan River, God moved the water for him. Joshua and all the people still had to cross Jordan, but God made it possible.

Something that has really intrigued me is what God expected Joshua to do. First, He commanded Joshua to follow the Ark of the Covenant (a symbol of Jesus Christ). He said, “If you follow that Ark, where my presence dwells, you will go the right way.” Second, God said to go across. Do you know how you cross a river where God splits the water? It is with one step at a time.

There are many things that seem impossible. There are many things in life that seem too hard to bear. Yet in these times, God’s expectations are for us to go one step at a time. Don’t fret about crossing a river, God will make it possible. You just keep moving forward. Don’t worry about the time it takes. Just go one step at a time and you will get to the other side. 

While using the HEAR method (see below) consider the following questions: 
  • What are you taking one step at a time right now? 
  • How is God leading you through it? 
  • When in your life has God led you through a difficult time and gotten you to the other shore

Highlight – what words or phrases jump out at you? 

Explain – what does the passage mean? 
Apply – how does the passage intersect with your life today? 
Respond – how is God leading you to respond?
Pastor Stephen Williams

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