A Flooded River

the Lord spoke to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ assistant. He said, “Moses my servant is dead. Therefore, the time has come for you to lead these people, the Israelites, across the Jordan River into the land I am giving them. I promise you what I promised Moses: ‘Wherever you set foot, you will be on land I have given you… No one will be able to stand against you as long as you live. For I will be with you as I was with Moses. I will not fail you or abandon you. From Joshua 1

God has presented Joshua with a command and a promise. He wants Joshua to get the people ready to cross the Jordan river, in the middle of flood season (from Josh 3) and then conquer a land full of giants (from Num 13). He tells him that anywhere they set their feet will belong to them. He will give them a new home, and He promises to be with them and never fail them or abandon them.

But this story is challenging as well. God is promising that He will stay with them, that they will be victorious, that they will get a new land that is lush and fruitful. But He is asking them to obey Him to get it. They have to cross the Jordan. They have to walk into the land. They have to face their enemies. They have to choose into God’s best for them over their comfort and fear.

It’s easy to look at my day and pick the option that feels the most comfortable, and ask God to bless that. In the moment, we can choose the option that is familiar or easy. Often we fight for things to stay the same, or the way we are used to having them because it’s comfortable. But maybe God isn’t interested in my comfort. Maybe, instead, He is focused on me becoming more like Him. He has plans way bigger than I can imagine. He has a new season ahead of me, ready for me to step into it.

But I must make a choice. Will I obey His call into great things? Will I take that first step into a flooded river or face a giant I cannot defeat on my own? He has already promised to be with me. But I must act on that promise. I must choose to be strong and courageous. I must choose His great plans over my comfort.

Father, I choose to obey you and follow you into battle. I lay down my comfort, and the ways I have always done things and choose into your grand plans instead. May you do big things in and through me.


erikaDiving In is our online mid-week devotional. It jumps into the message from Sunday and takes us a little deeper. Take a moment to slow down from your busy day, and hear from the Holy Spirit. We re-post every Wednesday. You can follow along by clicking the +Follow button in the bottom-right corner of your screen. This week Diving In is written by Erika Thornton (Pastor Jonathan’s wife).