Joshua 3: I Believe in Miracles

The first real signal that Moses was in charge of the Israelites came when God parted the Red Sea. Obviously, there were all of the plagues in Israel before that that Moses was intimately involved in and had knowledge of, but I would argue that parting the Red Sea really demonstrated that God was with Moses and wanted him to lead the people.

In Joshua chapter three, a very similar event takes place. God told Joshua said that he would let the people of Israel know he was still with them and particularly with Joshua.

Jos 3:7  And the LORD said unto Joshua, This day will I begin to magnify thee in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that, as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee.

God’s plan involves parting the Jordan River this time.

Jos 3:14  And it came to pass, when the people removed from their tents, to pass over Jordan, and the priests bearing the ark of the covenant before the people;

Jos 3:15  And as they that bare the ark were come unto Jordan, and the feet of the priests that bare the ark were dipped in the brim of the water, (for Jordan overfloweth all his banks all the time of harvest,)

Jos 3:16  That the waters which came down from above stood and rose up upon an heap very far from the city Adam, that is beside Zaretan: and those that came down toward the sea of the plain, even the salt sea, failed, and were cut off: and the people passed over right against Jericho.

Jos 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.

I think that we all need this type of reminder every now and then even though we probably shouldn’t. Sometimes, our faith can be shaken, and we need assurance that God is still with us and has not forgotten us.

Now, in my life, I have never had a river simply open up in front of me. I think that would be really awesome, and I kind of hope that does happen, but it hasn’t happened yet.

However, I think that God can also work in much more subtle ways. Sometimes, all it takes is a Bible verse that we find when we randomly open our Bibles that speaks directly to our situation. I can’t count how many times I’ve heard people provide similar experiences, and it reminds me that God has a purpose. It wasn’t random for Him.

Miracles happen every day, and sometimes we don’t notice them because of our perspective. We need to be aware and understand all that God can and wants to do for us.

About Zak Schmoll

Zak Schmoll is the founder of Entering the Public Square, and Managing Editor of An Unexpected Journal. He earned his MA in Apologetics at Houston Baptist University and is currently a PhD student in Humanities at Faulkner University. His work has been featured on several websites including The Federalist, Public Discourse and the Fourth World Journal.

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