So the people left their camp to cross the Jordan, and the priests who were carrying the Ark of the Covenant went ahead of them. It was the harvest season, and the Jordan was overflowing its banks. But as soon as the feet of the priests who were carrying the Ark touched the water at the river’s edge, the water above that point began backing up a great distance away at a town called Adam, which is near Zarethan. And the water below that point flowed on to the Dead Sea until the riverbed was dry. Then all the people crossed over near the town of Jericho.
Joshua 3:14-16 NLT
Let’s think for a moment of God’s timing.
If you have ever been camping or even prepared for a family vacation, you know that packing to leave rarely happens on time. There is always something that comes up at the last minute.
Imagine trying to get the timing right for two million people and a bunch of priests to reach the river at the precise moment the water is going to stop flowing. The Bible is clear to tell us the water backed up at Adam—a town upstream from Jericho about 12.5 miles. (I found it interesting to note that in 1927 the clay banks of the Jordan collapsed around Adam and stopped the river from flowing for 20 hours. Perhaps this is the natural way God provided for this miracle.)
Regardless of how the miracle occurred, the important thing is that God announced it in advance, the people got packed at the right time, and the priests walked into the water just as the water was ready to stop. That is an amazing miracle.
If God can orchestra all this in perfect timing, do you think He can arrange our lives to be at the right place at the right time to see His miracle? Of course, He can.
When we daily take time to listen to God through time in His Word and prayer in the Spirit, we will begin to discover the timing of God. We not only need to know the plan of God, but we need to know the timing of the plan. We don’t want to get ahead of God or behind God. We want to walk with God daily.
Perhaps, that is what Paul was referring to in Galatians, chapter five, when he talked about “keeping in step with the Spirit.”
Holy Spirit, I want to keep in step with You. I want You to set the path and pace of my life. I want to get into harmony with You daily. Thanks for guiding me today.
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