And it shall come to pass, as soon as the soles of the feet of the priests that bear the ark of the LORD, the Lord of all the earth, shall rest in the waters of Jordan, that the waters of Jordan shall be cut off from the waters that come down from above; and they shall stand upon an heap. ~Joshua 3:13
Getting your feet wet is a way of saying that you are experiencing something new. It is doing something that you have not done before, but you are willing to do it to gain confidence and experience. In Joshua 3, the priests who carried the ark of the covenant were told that they needed to place their feet in the fast-moving, overflowing Jordan River. There comes a time in our spiritual life when it is important to place our feet in the waters and get them wet.
We see the command.
“And they commanded the people, saying, When ye see the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, and the priests the Levites bearing it, then ye shall remove from your place, and go after it.” It was time for Israel to cross the Jordan and possess the land that God had promised them. Going over the Jordan was not a consideration: it was a command. Commands are directives that must be obeyed. Circumstances and feelings have no bearing on the commands of God. We must be ready to obey the commands of God.
We see the consecration.
“And Joshua said unto the people, Sanctify yourselves: for to morrow the LORD will do wonders among you.” The people needed to get their hearts right before going over. God cannot work or bless us if we regard iniquity in our heart. Sanctify implies setting ourselves apart. We must confess all known and unknown sin. We must separate from the unfruitful works of darkness. We must be holy as God is holy.
We see the commitment.
“And Joshua said, Hereby ye shall know that the living God is among you, and that he will without fail drive out from before you the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Hivites, and the Perizzites, and the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and the Jebusites.” Joshua affirmed that the living God was among them and that He would without fail drive out the enemies of the land. What a word of commitment and encouragement! God is with you when it is time to get your feet wet!
We see the confidence.
“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,)....” The priests dipped their feet in the overflowing Jordan River. They had faith in God’s promise and performance. The waters were cut off at two places and stood as a heap. This miracle of God was seen from a distance by the Israelites and pagans of the land. The priests, people, and Joshua had faith in God’s Word and power. Through faith, they saw the mighty, flowing Jordan cut off and a large enough swath of riverbed made dry for the people to cross. Let’s get our feet wet in faith! Let’s get our feet wet in faith endeavors that require God to do the impossible and what we cannot do.
We see the crossing.
"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." The people all crossed over without interference, fear, or concern about the heap of waters. They established a memorial on the other side to remind them of what the living God did for them. It was this unforgettable crossing that proved that God is the living God Who can be trusted. Get your feet wet by exercising faith in God.
Have a faith-inspired God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Genesis 41-42