The priests who carried the ark of the covenant of the Lord stood firm on dry ground in the middle of the Jordan, while all Israel passed by until the whole nation had completed the crossing on dry ground. Joshua 3:17
If you’ve ever slogged through a muddy field, you know it’s not a pleasant experience. Progress is slow, and there is a mess to clean once you’re through.
In Joshua chapter three, God brought the Israelites across the Jordan River into the Promised Land after they’d wandered for forty years in the desert. Just as God parted the Red Sea when the Israelites fled Egypt, God parted the Jordan River during the flood stage. Both times God’s chosen people crossed on dry ground (Exodus 14:21-22).
God paved the way for his people in his perfect timing. The Israelites knew God was going to bring them into the Promised Land, but they had to wait for God to go before them. Because God went ahead of them, they crossed on dry ground instead of crossing in the mud.
Sometimes we know what God wants us to do. However, we often rush ahead of God, do things in our own timing, and end up with a muddy mess. Moving ahead of God’s perfect timing can hinder progress and cause turmoil. Remember, God will prepare the way for us in our circumstances just as he prepared the way for the Israelites to cross the Jordan River on dry ground.