14So it was, when the people set out from their camp to cross over the Jordan, with the priests bearing the ark of the covenant before the people, 15and as those who bore the ark came to the Jordan, and the feet of the priests who bore the ark dipped in the edge of the water (for the Jordan overflows all its banks during the whole time of harvest), 16that the waters which came down from upstream stood still, and rose in a heap very far away at Adam, the city that is beside Zaretan. So the waters that went down into the Sea of the Arabah, the Salt Sea, failed, and were cut off; and the people crossed over opposite Jericho. 17Then the priests who bore the ark of the covenant of the Lord stood firm on dry ground in the midst of the Jordan; and all Israel crossed over on dry ground, until all the people had crossed completely over the Jordan.
It is time for Israel to cross over into the promised land. This is the place they will fulfill the purpose for their generation. They will not see the fullness of the nation of Israel. They will not see the birth of the Messiah. That was not their destiny. They were called to conquer and occupy the land that God had set aside for the Messiah to be born in. They could do no more and they must do no less.
As we cross into our “land of promises” we also need to understand that God has a purpose of us and our generation. We cannot be what God has not called us to be. However, if we obey God and apply ourselves to spiritual things we can do all that he has placed in front of us.
We each have our personal destiny. Mine involved moving 85 miles south of where I grew up and raising up a church in a particular town. From that place God has allowed me to fulfill other parts of my destiny, but I cannot be the pastor of some other church. I cannot be in some other place. I must be where he put doing what I am called to do daily in order to get to other things.
You may not be called to pastor a church. You probably are not called to “5 fold” ministry as described in Ephesians 4, however you are called to something. Remember, there are no big and small destinies in God. They are all necessary to the fulfillment of his purpose for our generation.
Immediately we see that they were faced with an insurmountable problem. The river was at flood stage. Our church is also on a river. I write this in the spring of the year when that river also is at or near flood stage. It is three times the width it would normally be. There is no way a large group of people could get across without many boats to carry them. Israel had none. They could not get into the land of their destiny without the power of God.
In truth we are in the same situation. There is no natural way for any of us to fulfill the destiny God has for us without his hand active in our lives. We can and should prepare naturally as best we can. If you are called to ministry you might study the bible, get some training or go to bible school. If you believe you are called to some other work, you should be trained or educated appropriately, however that will not be enough to get you into your destiny.
Israel trained forty years for this moment. They had become a nation at Sinai. They had fought battles during their journeys. They had learned to obey God and their faith had become strong. That still was not enough to get them into the promised land. They needed the power of God.
If you and I are going to fulfill our personal destiny so the church can fulfill its corporate purpose, we need to recognize that it will take God’s active involvement to get us through. That is not really a problem, since he is involved with us. However the only way to release that power is by faith. We are going to have to trust him to bring about our destiny. We can’t do it in the natural or it isn’t God’s destiny for us.
In the case of Israel God told them what they would have to do to release this power. They were going to have to set foot into the Jordan. The river was flooded. They could not walk across. Joshua was not holding up a rod and parting it beforehand. He told them that when they stepped into the river it would part, but there were not guarantees that it would happen. Nothing changed until they set foot in the river.
When I made the move to where I now live, I had 5 children and my mother lived with us. We started the church with 11 adults. I had no income except the tithe from those 11 adults. Three of those adults were me and my family. The number represented only 3 or 4 families. To the natural eye it looked like we would never survive. However I had to step into my Jordan river. I had to move my family to an unfamiliar place. When I did God provided in some wonderful ways.
Many of us are willing to take steps of faith as long as we have some guarantee that it will work. “Lord give us a sign that the river will part if we step into it.” Israel had no such sign. The only guarantee they had was the promise of God given through Joshua. If we are going to walk in destiny we must realize that the only guarantee we have is the Word of God. If it is in the Word and God has given you direction to go forward, it will work. However you will not see it until you obey the Word.
What is the step you need to take? What is the impossibility that stands in the way of your destiny? The possibilities are endless. There may be many stages and many things you may need the power of God to do in order for you to accomplish God’s purpose for your Life. Israel was not done when they got across Jordan. Right in front of them was another impossibility, the walled city of Jericho. However at least they were in the right place.
Whatever the next step is for you, God will make it clear. It is important that you be in a local body, interacting with others so they can help you determine what you need to do. There may be periods of waiting before God reveals a river for you to step into. That is God preparing you for the journey into where you need to be.
Whatever it is, when you know it, do it. Take the step. God will not fail you. You cannot do what someone else was created to do. You cannot fail to do what God created you to do. You may see no possible way what you need to happen can happen. Step into your Jordan. Take a step of faith and see what God will do.