Now it was the harvest season and the Jordan was overflowing all its banks; but as the people set out to cross the river and as the feet of the priests who were carrying the Ark touched the water at the river’s edge, suddenly, far up the river at the city of Adam, near Zarethan, the water began piling up as though against a dam! And the water below that point flowed on to the Dead Sea until the riverbed was empty. Then all the people crossed at a spot where the river was close to the city of Jericho, and the priests who were carrying the Ark stood on dry ground in the middle of the Jordan and waited as all the people passed by. Joshua 3:14-17
i don’t know about you, but sometimes I need my memory jogged at the goodness and fiathfulness of God. Last week I had a big disappointment. I had made so many plans and was looking forward to all the things I would be doing that I have put off for so long. But one phone call changed all that and disappointment set in. My mind went reeling and I began to try to readjust what I wanted to do. I felt like I got sucker punched and I found myself asking God what was going on?
But as I found myself going down Sorry Me Lane, I began to realize God had to have a plan that was much better than mine. I began to remember all the times He has been faithful to me, even when I wasn’t to Him. All the times He showed up, maybe at the eleventh hour, but He did. I also remembered the times I didn’t get the answer I was praying for, and also that in hindsight it was a blessing. So here I was disappointed because He didn’t meet my expectations asking myself why?
Today’s passage is the end of the story, verse 10 there is another promise besides the one to part the Jordan, it says: Today you are going to know for sure that the living God is among you and that he will, without fail, drive out the Canaanites, Hittites, Hivites, Perizzites, Girgashites, Amorites, and Jebusites—all the people who now live in the land you will soon occupy. Did you see that? It’s a promise for the future, one they would need to remember when they were facing the enemy. But it was coupled with a promise they would see fulfilled soon. God placed the two together so when they were faced with the threats and taunts of the enemy and begin to lose heart, because the enemy was greater than them, they sould remember crossing Jordan. They would remember how God kept His promise and they would be reassured that He would keep the one He coupled with that miracle.
I think sometimes we need to have our memories jogged at the faithfulness of God in our lives. No we don’t always get what we want or how we want it. But I have come to learn that sometimes those hurtful disappointing no’s are really a blessing. If you’re facing some unkown or disappointing circumstances or issues, take your memory for a jog and be reminded of God’s failfulness.