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Stand Still

Sometimes we like to avoid or rush through situations all together. If something seems inconvenient, unsettling or as something that could possibly cause some damage or undesired consequence, we tend to back away. In Joshua 3, we read of this command for the priests to stand still in the Jordan. This is one of my favorite pictures in the Bible. Imagine the Jordan. Imagine the waters that overflow the banks. God tells these priests to go out and walk into this flood zone, to stand still right in the midst of it all.

I cannot say how I would react to such a command. I would consider the electronics in my pocket. I would certainly want to take off my shoes. I wouldn’t want to be wearing jeans. I would not like entering higher waters. These priests were to walk right in there and stand still. Why stand still? Why stand still after God causes the water to part as He did with the Red Sea? Consider how awesome it would have been as these men rested the soles of their feet on dry ground and raised their eyes to look around them. Consider the awesomeness they witnessed that could not have been appreciated as dearly if they simply ran across the dry ground or if they never had to get their feet moving forward in the water to see God move.

Sometimes God wants to take you into the flood zone. He wants to get you right where you can see Him move mountains in your life. There may have been a moment where He has done remarkable things and you missed it all because you didn’t stand still, because you were focused on where you placed your feet rather than stopping to look around you. God still can cause waters to stand in a heap. God is the same God who parted both the Red Sea and the Jordan. You have the opportunity to stand firmly today – to stand firmly and to stand still wherever God leads you in life. If you rush through you may just miss the waters standing in the heap. If you don’t move your feet in the flood zone, you may miss out on the remarkable ways God wants to move in your life.

“And when the soles of the feet of the priests bearing the ark of the LORD, the Lord of all the earth, shall rest in the waters of the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan shall be cut off from flowing, and the waters coming down from above shall stand in one heap.” – Joshua 3:13 [ESV]

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Waiting on God

Waiting on God

One of the hardest things to do is to wait for God. I will be the first to admit that I can get impatient. I like to get things done. When there is a project, a problem, an assignment, a task to be done, a schedule, etc., I am on top of things and I want things done at a set time and if things are slowed down, if someone or something makes me wait, I get frustrated. When it comes to waiting on God, there are moments when I am ready to jump in with both feet, but it’s not go time. God didn’t tell me to move. But still, I want to move. I want to get started. I want to get going. It looks like it’s time.

Waiting on God requires more than patience—it requires faith. Faith in His timing. Noah was on the ark for a very long time; scholars say he and his family were on that ark for a year. Wow. Imagine being on a boat of sorts for an entire year with your family and animals galore. I can hardly make it in my car on a road trip with my kids and the dog without wanting to jump out of the car (while it is moving).

The dove came back holding an olive leaf. The water had subsided. Verse 11 says that “Noah knew that the waters had subsided.” So he waits another week and then sends out a dove again. Then they take the top of the ark off, but they still do not leave. They do not leave until God says, “Go out from the ark” (v. 16a ESV). Talk about waiting on God. Today, may you find ways in your life to wait on Him. Stop trying to rush decisions and actions. Pull yourself back and pray about things. Consider your steps.

“Then God said to Noah, ‘God out from the ark, you and your wife, and your sons and your sons’ wives with you.’” – Genesis 8:15-16 [ESV]

Waiting on God

Noah was told to build and ark for him and his family because a great flood would be coming to cleanse the earth. He and his family would be the only survivors. They followed the commands of the Lord and built the ark and entered, trusting God to fulfill His promise. The storms came and the waters rose.

For forty days and forty nights it rained. They were on that ark for a long time. Many scholars believe they were on the ark for a year. Yes, a year! So when the rain stopped and the dove came back with the olive leaf and the land was dried up, what did he do? Did he run from the ark with his arms raised in excitement to see dry ground? No, he waited. He waited till God said he could leave the ark.

He was on the ark for a year but he waited. Then God told Noah to “go out from the ark.” It was time. God said it was time. Waiting on God and His timing requires trust. Noah trusted God when he entered the ark and He continued to trust God even when it required waiting on His timing. Today I pray that you too are able to trust God and wait on Him and His perfect timing.

“Then God said to Noah, ‘Go out from the ark, you and your wife, and your sons and your sons’ wives with you.’” – Genesis 8:15-16 [ESV]