Updated on October 2, 2012
The waters rose in a heap
Reading along in the book of Joshua, I stopped. I tried to move on, tried to keep reading, but God had other plans.
“the waters which came down from upstream stood still, and rose in a heap very far away at Adam, the city that is beside Zaretan. So the waters that went down into the Sea of the Arabah, the Salt Sea, failed, and were cut off; and the people crossed over opposite Jericho.” –Joshua 3:16, NKJV
The waters failed. Imagine accidentally knocking over a glass of water only to find that the water didn’t move. You pick up the glass, look at the liquid that had flowed freely into the glass, and wonder what happened that it did not flow freely out of the same glass. You tip it up and take a drink. You tip it back over, yet nothing falls of the floor. (And every parent of a toddler wishes such could be true!)
The water failed. As the scripture describes, it “rose in a heap.” Imagine being the people upstream, completely unaware of what transpires downstream, entirely unaware that God is working and the people of God are down yonder a bit. All of a sudden, the river rises up “in a heap.”
A heap. Gravity defied. Nature defied. God in command–as He always is–doing whatever was necessary to deliver His people.
Maybe there is a struggle in your life right now where you cannot possibly see how Romans 8:28 could be true in this situation. (“For we know that all things work together for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” –Romans 8:28, NKJV)
That calling He has given you–maybe today is the day you start to question it. How could that possibly be what He wants for me when the way is impossible? Questions abound in your mind of how He could ask such a difficult thing, or why your calling seems so unreachable.
“Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has conceived in her old age is is now the sixth month for her who was called barren. For with God nothing will be impossible.” –Luke 1: 36-37, NKJV
The barren conceive. And the waters heap. For nothing is impossible for God.
There is something impossible for us:
“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” –Hebrews 11:6, NKJV
In the face of an impassable obstacle, do you still believe He is able? When the next day arises, and the grind of faith wears away at your soul, do you still believe that the grind is worth it? That the Father of Lights will reward your faith? Do you still believe He is a rewarder for you even when you may not see the reward?
It may be that you don’t see the dry land yet. It may be you are so far up the river, all that you notice is that the fish aren’t moving downstream all of a sudden. Your call to faith at this moment may not reveal the dry land. Your call to faith may be to keep walking, for the river that will part for you is still ahead.
Believe He is the rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. Believe He is working things for good. Do the hard thing, whatever that hard thing is, because your heap of water may be just over the next rise. Your miraculous deliverance may be coming sooner than you dare to dream. Believe in the power of the One who is not bound by nature or reason or the four dimensions we understand.
Believe He is watching. Believe He is working. In faith.
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