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Crossing Over With God
Vs. 5 Then Joshua said to the people, “Sanctify
yourselves; for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you.”
In Joshua 3:1-17, it is
seen that the people of Israel were at yet another crossroad in their
journey to the Promised Land. Joshua led the Israelites and instructed
them to, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD will do amazing
things among you”. With the Ark of God leading the Israelites, they
marched as God instructed not knowing what lied ahead.
Their journey came to a
halt as they saw the path they had to cross was drowned with flood
waters. At that time the Israelites had to depend on God which meant
letting go of the doubts and fears drowning their minds. Despite all the
miracles they had witnessed, fear still managed to creep its way into the
hearts of the people. As soon as the Ark of the Lord reached the waters,
a way was made for the people of Israel to cross over.
In the same way with God in our lives, a way will
be revealed. He has invited us to walk with Him through the sacrifice of
His Son. In this day and age when evil is at every corner and future is
not in our hands, in order to cross over in our walk, we must put our
faith in the Lord just as Joshua and the Israelites once did.
As our Mar Thoma
history shows us, our forefathers in our church showed great trust and
faith in God despite the many obstacles in their way. As children
of God we are also called to trust and obey even when we do not know what
the future holds in our life’s journey.
God encouraged Joshua, “Today
I will begin to exalt you in the eyes of all Israel, so they may know
that I am with you as I was with Moses”.
In the famous story of
“Footprints’, the troubled man doubted if God was really with him during
the hard times and he questioned the Lord. The Lord replied by
saying "My son, my precious child, I love you and I would never
leave you. During your times of trial and suffering, when you see only
one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you."
Let us remember these
words today and trust that the Lord is always carrying us through our
troubles, sorrows, and fears. Let us consecrate ourselves
spiritually, trusting in the Lord with the utmost faith so that we may
cross over with the Lord in the 21st first century.
Heavenly Father, Thank You for inviting us to cross over
with you through the sacrifice of Your Son. Strengthen our hearts so that
we may let go of our fears and doubts. And help us to have faith and
trust in You, so that we may cross over the hardships in our lives. Amen.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY Faith is taking the first step even when you
don’t see the whole staircase. ~Martin
Luther King, Jr. Jane George Christos MTC,
Christian Education Forum,
Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church
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