Have you ever noticed how God sometimes in bringing us where he wants us be takes us through places we don’t want to go.
Joshua and the Israelites were being called to enter the Land of Promise at most difficult place (Jericho) and at the most inopportune time (Jordan in flood).
God called them to the impossible, through the impossible, by the impossible!
Have you ever wondered why he does this?
Here are 5 reasons why!
Reason 1. To make us bigger people
‘Today I will begin to exalt you’ (3:7)
The Hebrew means - 'To make great
God wants to make us great - bigger people - to do it he needs to stretch us, test us, see what is in us - refining process - Joshua had lived in Moses shadow - now needed stretching as he takes up responsibility of something bigger.
Reason 2. To reveal His presence
‘This is how you will know that the living God is among you’ (3:10a)
If God didn't lead us through impossible circumstances by supernatural means what would mark us out as having the presence of God with us
Reason 3. He wants to do it so he can defeat our enemies and drive them of from our possession.
‘He will certainly drive out from before you’ 3:10b
He uses us to take back ground the devil thought was secure and safe in his possessions.
In those impossible situations, wilderness experiences that we go through we can cause light to shine in darkness.
IJn 3:8 “The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devils work”
He uses us to enforce that victory and take back ground that Adam lost and which Christ restored.
Reason 4 He did this so his power could be revealed and that all men might know he is the Almighty.
'He did this so that all peoples of the earth might know that the hand of the Lord is powerful’ (4:24a)
He uses our impossible situations to reveal his glory and power. If we can always cope in natural - when will supernatural be revealed.
Uses circumstances of journey to reveal his power
Reason 5. So we might always stand in awe of him
‘So that you might always fear the Lord your God’ (4:24b)
The God of impossible deeds
So that we might have a confidence in him, not only to take us in and then through impossibilities but in and through the last enemy which is death.
God wants us to cross great obstacles have great adventures and overcome impossibilities.
Everything God does is to a purpose.
‘And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose’ (Ro 8:28)
Even the trouble we face in this world God uses to a purpose.
So what do we do to become victors in difficult times
So what do we do to become available for God to take us through impossibilities.
So what do we do to fulfil God’s purpose in our trouble?
1. They moved off from a place of rest (3:1)
‘What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?’ (Ro 8:31)
‘Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?’ (Ro 8:35)
2. They followed God’s leading (3:3)
Follow the anointing – comes a time when all are tested in this, i.e. Jesus into wilderness (Jn 4:4, Ps 23, Ps 66)
3. Consecrated themselves (3:5)
Set themselves apart to do his will.
4. They took a step of faith (3:13)
Faith to fight. Faith to go with flow.
Faith to believe God’s in control
Laugh at the darkness and sing in the rain.
Faith is hearing the music of tomorrow but dancing to it today.
5. Be obedient to His word (4:8)
If you keep doing what is right according to the Word then what’s wrong and who’s wrong will soon leave your life.
6. We have to desire the place God wants us to be in more than we fear the journey to get there.
40 years earlier the people were fearful but today was different.