At the beginning of this New Year, perhaps, it is time for you to move forward in some way in your life. Maybe it is time for you to leave the old behind and make a new start.
Moving On to the Other Side
So Joshua called together the twelve men he had chosen — one from each of the tribes of Israel. He told them, “Go into the middle of the Jordan, in front of the Ark of the Lord your God. Each of you must pick up one stone and carry it out on your shoulder — twelve stones in all, one for each of the twelve tribes of Israel. We will use these stones to build a memorial. In the future your children will ask you, “What do these stones mean?” Then you can tell them, “They remind us that the Jordan River stopped flowing when the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant went across.” These stones will stand as a memorial among the people of Israel forever. Joshua 4:4-7 NLT
When Joshua led the people across the Jordan River, it was a turning point for a nation — a time to move forward. They were leaving behind their old life of slavery and bondage. They were embarking on a new life — one they had never known before.
Change can be difficult and scary, but sometimes it is needed.
What is holding you back from living the life God has called you to live? What do you need to leave behind?
It might be that you need to cross over to the other side — to move forward beyond the old things that have weighed you down. If so, I encourage you to march on courageously! If it is God’s will for your life, then He will help you overcome the obstacles in your path just like He stopped the flow of the Jordan for the Israelites. The Lord your God will lead you ahead to the new life He has waiting for you!
God Will Help You
For the Lord your God dried up the river right before your eyes, and he kept it dry until you were all across, just as he did at the Red Sea when he dried it up until we had all crossed over. He did this so all the nations of the earth might know that the Lord’s hand is powerful, and so you might fear the Lord your God forever. Joshua 4:23-24 NLT
Do not be afraid for the Lord’s hand is powerful! He will lead you across. He will give you the way to your Promised Land. Today is the day to move forward to the life that God has for you!