In the story of Israel crossing the Jordan, God only works when the priests come to rest in the middle of the raging river. Once they stop in the middle of the rushing waters and trust in Him to act, then the Lord provides a safe way for the people to cross over to the other side. Because they rested and trusted, God provided them a way that they could not provide for themselves.
Rest was an important part of Israel’s faith. For the Hebrews, the Sabbath was strictly observed as a day of rest from work and as a day when they would worship God. In this time of rest, God goes to work. As they rest and seek God, He responds by coming to them, by being a presence in their lives.So it must have made sense to the priests to stop and rest in the middle of the river, to wait on God to work.
In our society today, rest seems almost a foreign concept. We are so busy. For many, rest is that time at the end of the day when they collapse into bed at the end of another busy day. We even fill our weekends with all that we did not get done during our busy week.
God still calls for us to rest in Him. He desires for a personal relationship above all else. And that requires time. To connect with God in an intimate way we must carve out time daily where it is just God and us. We must allow Him time to work in our lives. When we do these things, we too will be amazed by what God will do in our lives.
Scripture reference: Joshua 3: 7-17