Other Leader – Same God

The people of Israel have been wandering aimlessly through the Sinai dessert for many years. It was their own doing. They had disobeyed God and turned to idols, while Moses was on mount Sinai to receive the ten commandments. The passage through the Red Sea at the beginning of their journey had been blissfully spectacular. But now, God had taken Moses away from the Israelites and a new leader – Joshua – was finally leading the people into the promised land.

Can you hear them grumbling? “Well, I wonder how this will go. Moses was a grand leader; wonder how this Joshua will turn out. Probably not as good as Moses and he definitely misses the seniority that he needs to lead us.”

They get to the river Jordan. It is flood time and the river is deep and wide, not a trickling creek. Then we read this in Joshua 3:15-17: 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, the water from upstream stopped flowing. It piled up in a heap a great distance away, while the water flowing down to the Dead Sea was completely cut off. So the people crossed over opposite Jericho. 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.

Have you ever seen water ‘piled up’? I sure never did! This is not something that Joshua has organized. It is not a gimmick. This goes beyond any human capabilities. It is as if God is saying: you might have a different leader, but I’m still the same God. What I did at the Red Sea, I can do again, and here it is.

Pastor David is gone. I will be your interim pastor for the next while. But it’s still the same God, who can do the same things again to save and guide us. Will you pray with me that we’ll see God’s greatness at work in the months to come?!