Summary: This promise of God is much more than just holding you from slipping and falling, He protects your going and coming!
Psalm 121:3”He will not allow your foot to slip; He who keeps you will not slumber.”
This promise of God is much more than just holding you from slipping and falling, I was just exploring this and preached in live-stream this Sunday in our Shiloh Revival Church, let me share my thoughts with you today.
Before I go ahead with the subject, let me share an incident, an educated young man from a village staying close to my house several years ago actually wanted to prove to his relatives his expertise in English knowledge, therefore was trying to write an examination, but each time he left for the examination center, he met with an accident, not once but several times. God prevented him because he was acting pompously and moreover his motive behind the examination was not good.
Amy Carmichael - (16 December 1867 – 18 January 1951) was a Christian missionary in India, who opened an orphanage and founded a mission in Dohnavur. She served in India for 55 years. Amy For the last twenty years of her life was bedridden with debilitating pain, the consequence of an accidental fall into an uncovered pit in 1931 that left her bedridden until her death at the age of 83. During the long years of suffering following her injury, she continued to serve as a spiritual mother for the community , she founded the Dohnavur Fellowship, a haven for the most vulnerable members of society, in particular for children rescued from temple prostitution. Amy wrote over 35 books from the field, many being written after the accident, the one I liked was “Candles in dark”. Friend, the fall was bad, but still she was fruitful! Read:
Psalm 37:23 “The steps of a man are established by the LORD, And He delights in his way.24 When he falls, he will not be hurled headlong, Because the LORD is the One who holds his hand.”
A) God would firmly establish your feet:
Joshua 3:1”….they lodged there before they crossed. 2 At the end of three days the officers went through the midst of the camp.”
The children of God and their elders and leader Joshua were all waiting on the banks of the river for the Word of the Lord. Jordan river stood like a big giant before them! Imagine! Insurmountable! The word satan whispered to them was ‘impossible’! This was the intimidating and threatening sight that the thousands of people saw that pitched their tents alongside the river. They were looking at the water in front of them for 3 days, praying and waiting! May be there is someone out there waiting for God to give them the strategy to cross the Jordan river in front of them. I write this sermon during the Lockdown period due to COVID 19 crisis, with my own ‘Jordan’ staring daggers at me. Never make an attempt to insert your own plans or ideas; however tough the situation may seem to be, just wait for Him. After 3 days God spoke to Joshua and gave him clear strategy:
• When you see the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God with the Levitical priests carrying it, follow them ( in other words, follow God)
• But keep a distance of about 1,000 yards between yourselves and the ark
• Don't go near it, so that you can see the way to go
• "Consecrate yourselves, because the LORD will do wonders among you tomorrow.".
• Joshua spoke to the priests, saying, "Take up the ark of the covenant and cross over ahead of the people."
• The most important command comes to the priests: When you come to the edge of the waters of the Jordan, you shall stand still in the Jordan.'"
The priests were commanded to stand still IN the Jordan! Joshua explains to the people: verse 13 – “when the soles of the feet of the priests who carry the ark of the LORD, the Lord of all the earth, rest in the waters of the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan will be cut off, and the waters which are flowing down from above will stand in one heap." Hallelujah! Miracle would happen when the soles of the priests touch Jordan! Today also, God expects His leaders to stand in the gap for the people and pray. God’s plans are always not easy but they are to be obeyed.
Joshua 3: 8'…..When you come to the edge of the waters of the Jordan, you shall stand still in the Jordan.'"
What ? In the water? When I read chapters 3 and 4.of Joshua, I find none of the leaders refute the orders of God or ask Him for explanations though the strategy sounded daunting and daring. That is obedience to the core. The priests did not say a word but obeyed their leader Joshua just like the way they obeyed Moses. This part kind of amazed me and the oneness that we see in accomplishing this task of crossing the Jordan was from God. To stand on waters that were turbulent does need not only grit and determination but also obedience to the Word of God and loads of trust in Him. This HERE should touch someone out there! Hello! Whatever you may be facing, believe that God can get you through, say Amen.