The tribes of Reuben and Gad owned vast numbers of livestock. So when they saw that the lands of Jazer and Gilead were ideally suited for their flocks and herds… “Do you intend to stay here while your brothers go across and do all the fighting?” Moses asked the men of Gad and Reuben. (Numbers 32:1,2,6 NLT)
When God gives us a vision, He expects us to reach it without any compromise.
More often than not, we settle for less afraid of losing the provisions He gave us; forgetting, if not for the vision we won’t have that provision in the first place.
We are where we are because of the vision. It is not acceptable that we reach ‘almost’ there and settle for less. The most exciting time is yet to come if we pursue all the way!
After all, vision is not about us! Why we settle for something seems suitable just because vision seems to be impossible? We know its far from who we are called to be. Let’s be bold to cross the Jordan and fight the good fight!
You were running the race so well. Who has held you back from following the truth? It certainly isn’t God, for he is the one who called you to freedom. Galatians 5:7-8
Joshua also set up another pile of twelve stones in the middle of the Jordan, at the place where the priests who carried the Ark of the Covenant were standing. And they are there to this day. Joshua 4:9
The Lord’s presence (Ark of the Covenant) will always make a way and lead us into the fulfillment of God’s promise.
While God is doing such a supernatural thing in our lives, what we do for Him remains permanent reminder for God, ourselves and others around us.
The priests were standing in the middle of the Jordan river, they must be nervous looking at the heap of water forming a virtual dam and the people of Israel were rushing across the dry land praising the mighty God and His miraculous act.
But Joshua was doing something entirely unusual! Right in the middle of Jordan river he was building a memorial and worshiping the Lord paying no attention to the tension around him! That’s true adoration towards God expressing greatfulness!
God did asked Joshua and the people of Israel to build memorial with stones from Jordan river on the land where they would camp to remember the Lord and to remind their children in the future, but Joshua also build this memorial right in the middle of Jordan river for the Lord to remember him and His people!
God is great and merciful, He helps the weak and picks up the poor from the pile of garbage; He makes way for those who wander in the wilderness and lead them to a safe harbor!
Let us build memorials in midst of all your miracles and bring joy to Him!