Reading: Joshua 3: 7-17
Verse Ten: This is how you will know the living God is among you…
As Moses was about to die, he passed leadership to Joshua. He laid hands on him as a symbolic gesture and prayed over him as a way to bless him. As Joshua began his leadership of the nation of Israel, God comes to him and speaks these words: “Today I will exult you in all the eyes of Israel”. God gives Joshua instructions and he passes them along to the people. It is a miracle that is similar to but exceeds the parting of the sea. This day the river that is at flood stage will stop flowing so that the people can cross over safely. It is an impressive beginning to Joshua’s time of leadership and a great witness to God’s continuing presence and provision for Israel.
Flash forward to today. What miracle will you be blessed by this day? Or how will God intercede or intervene or guide or provide for you this day? Too often we think miracles or God’s hand at work are things of the past – relegated to the pages of the Bible or reserved for some exceptionally deserving person. But not so. Just as God used some pretty unlikely folks and even an unsavory character now and then, God continues to do so to this very day. And He will again tomorrow. Three weeks ago God nudged me to go visit a friend. Exactly two weeks ago as I drove to see her God gave me the words to say that brought some healing to her broken heart. Yes, God can use us all.
Verse ten today reads, “This is how you will know the living God is among you…”. Yes, God continues to be the living God that dwells in our midst! Are we each sensitive to and attuned to the living God? Are we expectant that God will come and intercede or provide or guide? Are we willing to respond to the touch of the Holy Spirit and the whisper of the divine? When we say yes to these questions, then we will know that the living God is among us.
Holy and awesome God, may we each have ears to hear, eyes to see, hearts to feel, and hands and feet to respond to the ways You lead and guide each of us today. May we be humble servant of the living God. Amen.