I’m not afraid (I’m not afraid)
To take a stand (to take a stand)
Come take my hand (come take my hand)
We’ll walk this road together, through the storm
Whatever weather, cold or warm….
“Joshua was afraid. He sighed and took a deep breath. There were tears in his eyes but that could not be compared to the pain in his heart. He had watched his mentor, Moses miss out on the Promised Land that he spoke about so passionately. Ever since he had been a young man, Joshua had loved the Lord and sought His face. But nothing in his past had prepared him for what the future held: The burden of a higher calling. He sighed once again…”
Some weeks ago, Moses laid hands on him and ushered him into the next level of ministry. Joshua was concerned about what the assignment entailed. He had been to the Promised Land as a spy and he had seen the Anakites in the land. He knew God would accomplish His plan but he wondered if he would be able to play his own little role. Suddenly, he heard God speak with a still small voice that He was familiar with. “Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them to the Israelites. I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses… No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them.”
Joshua was delighted. He had God’s promise to hold on to! As they approached River Jordan, Joshua expected God to part the river as he did to the Red Sea. Little did he know that God can achieve the same result with different methods. As they prepared to cross Jordan, he heard God tell him to instruct the priests with the ark of covenant to step into the river. He wondered how that would work, but he trusted that the One who had promised would bring His word to pass. Lo and behold, as the priests stepped into the river, the waters stopped flowing and the people passed through yet another river on dry ground!
After they crossed over, Joshua told a representative of each tribe to take a stone from the middle of the Jordan to serve as a memorial for the people of Israel forever. That night, as Joshua wept before the Lord with a sense of deep gratitude in His heart, he realised that he had no reason to fear. There would be challenges ahead, but with God’s help he would always overcome.
PS. The story is fictional.
Writer’s comment: I’ll encourage that you read the lessons that follow. I believe God has a message for you.
1) The Lord who took you through the Red Sea will take you through the River Jordan safely. He may not use the same method, but He will take you safely to the other side. Whatever “Jordan” might mean to you, God who has helped you thus far will help you through it.
2) God speaks. If you have doubts, fears and uncertainties, the best place to go is the foot of the Cross. Only in Christ would you find the solution to your situation.
3) The importance of a memorial cannot be overemphasised. Whenever you experience God’s hands in a special way, find a way to document it. Get a journal to document God’s greatness. It serves two purposes. Firstly, it would help you when you face new challenges. Secondly, it would serve as a reference point for generations after you.
I really hope you have heard God speak to you. Please let it move from knowledge level to application level. Also, I’ll love to read the lessons that you have observed from this story. God bless you! Have a great weekend 🙂