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Get Your Feet Wet

When the feet of the priests who carry the ark of the LORD, the Lord of all the earth, come to rest in the Jordan’s waters, its waters will be cut off.  The water downstream will stand up (in) a mass.  Joshua 3:13 (HCSB)

Here we have the third guideline for getting through unfamiliar territory victoriously: get your feet wet.  The command of God to step into the water called for them to get their feet wet.  The events described here took place during the flood season, when the Jordan River was much deeper than usual and extremely wide – probably a mile wide at some points.  During the flood season, the current was swift.  It was spring (March-April), towards the end of the rainy season.  Coupled with the melting snows of Mount Hermon, the Jordon River became a formidable obstacle.  The Jordan was defiantly uncrossable!  But God can turn a ‘no way’ into a highway.  The great question that loomed over the camp of Israel and over our lives today is, will we walk by sight or by faith?  Do we really believe God can handle the impossible?

So when the people set out from their tents to cross the Jordan with the priests carrying the ark of the covenant before the people, and when those who carried the ark came into the Jordan, and the feet of the priests carrying the ark were dipped in the edge of the water (for the Jordan overflows all its banks all the days of harvest), the waters which were flowing down from above stood and rose up in one heap, a great distance away at Adam, the city that is beside Zarethan; and those which were flowing down toward the sea of the Arabah, the Salt Sea, were completely cut off.  So the people crossed opposite Jericho.  And the priests who carried the ark of the covenant of the LORD stood firm on dry ground in the middle of the Jordan while all Israel crossed on dry ground, until all the nation had finished crossing the Jordan.  Joshua 3:14-17 (NASB)

There is a time to step into the water.  If you want God to guide you through the unexplored territory of this year, and take you through your Jordans of difficulty, you are going to have to ‘get your feet wet’.  That is, you are going to have to put your faith in action.  You must be willing to step out by faith and trust God to do the rest.