As Israel prepares to cross the Jordan River, they must have felt so much emotion. This moment is like crossing the Red Sea in some ways. God is parting the waters and providing a way across. In both events they can clearly see God’s power and feel His presence with them. One chosen by God himself leads them. Yet these crossings are also different. At the Red Sea they were fleeing their enemy and were about to enter the wilderness. At the Jordan they were crossing over to face their enemy at Jericho and they were leaving the wilderness. Joshua had replaced Moses, but God was clearly with Joshua, just as He had been with Moses.
The connection to and memory of what God has done forms the foundation of their faith and also provides reassurances that He will continue to be present with them. Our history and experience does the same for us. To remember that difficult situation that God walked us through or to recall that job that He provided reassures us of His love for us and also gives us a basis of hope for our future.
God is always and always will be. As we remember what He has done for us, hope and faith are built up in us. We look forward with confidence, knowing God’s steadfast hand will continue to guide and lead us. Whether facing a wilderness or preparing to enter a promised land, we can step forward knowing the He will never leave us and that He will never forsake us. A God that always was, will always be, for He is everlasting.
Scripture reference: Joshua 3: 7-17