The children of Israel were facing an impossible situation. They needed to cross the Jordan River in order to walk into God’s promise. Joshua 3:3 says, “…When you see the ark…then you shall set out from your place and go after it.” The ark represented the presence of the Lord.
Before, He led them by the cloud and the pillar. Now He was about to lead them in a totally different way. However, their way was blocked because the Jordan was overflowing its banks. Verse 4 says, “…that you may know the way by which you must go, for you have not passed this way before.”
Are you about to walk in uncharted territory? I am. I’m sharing my journal with you from my quiet time this morning. The priests were instructed to step into the impossibility. Joshua 3:13 says, “…as soon as the soles of the feet of the priests…rest in the waters…the waters of the Jordan will be cut off…” They had to obediently step in. Then the Lord transformed the impossible to take them through.
Here is another situation. Jeremiah had obeyed the Lord by buying a piece of land, even though Jerusalem was under siege. Then Jeremiah asked for understanding. Jeremiah 32:17-25 is his prayer. First he recounted who the Lord is. Verse 17 says, “Ah, Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You.” Verse 19 says, “You are great in counsel and mighty in work…”
Jeremiah faced an impossible situation, yet he first aligned his thoughts with who God is. God answered him in verse 27. It says, “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?”
We do well to remember this as we face our own impossibilities. Like the two above cases, our impossible (to us) circumstance is an opportunity for God to show Himself strong on our behalf. He wants us to focus on Him and His ability, not the obstacles to His promises.
Psalm 25:4-5 is a great prayer for us. Verse 4 says, “Show me Your ways, O Lord; teach me Your paths.” Psalm 85:13 says, “Righteousness will go before Him, and make His footsteps our pathway.” Righteousness is conforming our thoughts, purpose, and actions with His will.
First we need to align our thoughts with His will. Our impossible-obstacle is the very thing He wants to transform. It will become the prepared pathway we walk on, and into, for His provision and promise in our present situation.
I prayed this to align my thoughts with His will: Thank You Lord for this impossible situation. I’m totally and absolutely dependent on You. You are Ever Present. You are my Guide to take me through.
You can use your own words, but His will is to be thankful. As we thank Him for who He is, it puts our lives back into right perspective. He is Lord over all. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says, “In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”