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Lessons Learned from the Jordan River

“There is no greater discovery than seeing God as the author of your destiny.”

Ravi Zacharias

Last week’s post was about how we fulfill our divine destinies by crossing our Jordan Rivers. The Lord gently said to me, “Get ready my daughter, for you are about to plunge into the river of your destiny.” God explained that when I submit my book proposal to a literary agent, I will be putting my toes in the Jordan River. Therefore, I paid attention to what He revealed to me in the first four chapters of the book of Joshua.

 “Joshua told the people, ‘Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you’” (Joshua 3:5). As we prepare to cross our personal Jordans, we too need to heed these words to see God perform His wonders. The Israelites were to ready themselves by washing all their garments and their bodies. Prior to crossing our Jordans, we need to cleanse and purify ourselves, to repent of any sin and set ourselves apart for God’s purpose.

The priests, who carried the ark of the covenant of the Lord, went first and as soon as their feet touched the water’s edge, the water stopped flowing. They stood firmly in the middle of the Jordan, on dry ground, till the whole nation of Israel had completely crossed. When we stand in the middle of the Jordan, it allows others in our sphere of influence to pass by and see who God really is. Your Jordan crossing is not just for your benefit, but also for the good of many others. Faith is built as we watch or hear about the powerful hand of God.

After we cross the Jordan, it’s time to testify about God’s goodness and to thank Him for all He’s done. God instructed Joshua to choose one man from each of the twelve tribes, to take a stone from the middle of the Jordan to build a monument as a reminder of God’s mighty act. Fulfilling our divine destiny is a time for reflection, remembrance and gratitude.

The Jordan River is the place where the natural, putting feet to our faith, and the supernatural, God’s miraculous performance, meet up. I need to do the hard work to prepare and submit the book proposal, while hopefully God’s powerful hand moves on the heart of a publisher.

“Destiny is all about the choices we make and the chances we take.”


Relevant Reflections:

  1. Describe how you can consecrate yourself before you cross the Jordan.

  2. How has attaining your destiny, encouraged others to go after theirs?

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