A Better You: Find the Strength to Get through Life – Joshua 3:8-17

When we face our troubles head-on, God promises He will be with us.

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8 Tell the priests who carry the ark of the covenant: ‘When you reach the edge of the Jordan’s waters, go and stand in the river.’”
9 Joshua said to the Israelites, “Come here and listen to the words of the Lord your God. 10 This is how you will know that the living God is among you and that he will certainly drive out before you the Canaanites, Hittites, Hivites, Perizzites, Girgashites, Amorites and Jebusites. 11 See, the ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earth will go into the Jordan ahead of you. 12 Now then, choose twelve men from the tribes of Israel, one from each tribe. 13 And as soon as the priests who carry the ark of the Lord—the Lord of all the earth—set foot in the Jordan, its waters flowing downstream will be cut off and stand up in a heap.”
14 So when the people broke camp to cross the Jordan, the priests carrying the ark of the covenant went ahead of them. 15 Now the Jordan is at flood stage all during harvest. Yet as soon as the priests who carried the ark reached the Jordan and their feet touched the water’s edge, 16 the water from upstream stopped flowing. It piled up in a heap a great distance away, at a town called Adam in the vicinity of Zarethan, while the water flowing down to the Sea of the Arabah (that is, the Dead Sea) was completely cut off. So the people crossed over opposite Jericho. 17 The priests who carried the ark of the covenant of the Lord stopped in the middle of the Jordan and stood on dry ground, while all Israel passed by until the whole nation had completed the crossing on dry ground.”

– Joshua 3:8-17 NIV

When the Israelites were on their way to conquer Jericho, they had to cross the Jordan River.

I used to wonder why God had to part the Jordan for Israel to cross. I mean, couldn’t they wade across the river?

So, I did a bit of digging. Here’s what I found:

Geographically, the Jordan was around 1,300 to 10,00 feet wide and 50 to 200 feet deep. That means if the Israelites crossed, even at the narrowest part of the Jordan, they would have needed to swim through 1,300 feet of turbulent water. They couldn’t touch the ground!

Breezing through Your Emotional Crises

When we face trials, our first instincts are to either:
A) Find the easiest way to get out of it
B) Never deal with it and hope it disappears

But the truth of the matter is that most times, it’s impossible to scurry across our problems.

That’s what I want, to be honest. If I had a choice, I would want to scurry across my troubles and move on with life, hoping it doesn’t come back to bite me in the butt.

But, that’s not who God called me to be. That may have been my mindset when I was a child. Now, I know a part of growing up is to face your problems head-on. Avoiding your issues is prolonging your anxiety.

By managing our emotional crises, we’ll come to learn the ins-and-outs of our personality; we’ll learn what we’re made of.

Troubles help us become a self-actualized person.

Dealing with Emotional Crises Head-On Is Part of Growing Up

God says there is another way to running away from our burdens.

When we face our troubles head-on, God promises He will be with us.

God doesn’t promise to remove our suffering. He promises to comfort us in the midst of them.

3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”

– 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 NIV

Most of the time, like parting the Red Sea or Jordan River, when God intervenes with your emotional crises, it will be in unexpected divine ways.

By allowing God to intervene, He will ensure you are living a purposeful life.

Call to Action

You will always doubt when you don’t know what God is doing. That’s the whole point of it being unexpected. Yet, that is the sole purpose of having faith. So, be mindful and remind yourself God is good.

Mindfulness Activity:

Remind yourself whenever you’re aware you're feeling anxious that God is good. God wants the best for you.

God bless you and stay safe!

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