Posted by: springsinthedesert | November 19, 2010

Standing In Jordan For Your People

The priests who carried the ark of the covenant of the LORD stopped in the middle of the Jordan and stood on dry ground, while all Israel passed by until the whole nation had completed the crossing on dry ground

             Joshua 3:17

Have you ever come across obstacles or oppositions in life when you think you are about to receive a blessing or a promise from God? I have experienced that many times in my life. When everything seems so smooth and easy, suddenly something comes up which makes us impossible to see the blessing happening anywhere in our near future. I have always felt that everyday in our Christian life is like a battle…you fight, conquer and receive the victory and then again you fight, conquer and possess the inheritance..and this goes on and on.

But the beauty of a Christian life is that we are not alone in this whole process. Jesus, our redeemer carefully watches over us. In every challenge that we face, we not only learn the tactics of the enemy, we learn to fight and overcome them spiritually and get to enjoy the victory He has already set for us. Sometimes, God asks us to stand in the gap for our loved ones, our family members, our friends so that they can receive the promise that He has planned for them. Its not that easy to stand in the gap and take the responsibility, but its a great privilege and a great reward to be the one to intercede for others.

The other day, God showed me a scripture form the Old testament which affirmed my thought. After the forty years of wandering in the wilderness, the people of Israel is about to inherit the promised land. The land flowing with milk and honey is just within hands reach. But now they have to face the overflowing Jordan in between before stepping their foot in their promised land. This river Jordan is flowing with its full strength…as it is usual during the harvest months of the year. God told Joshua that the Levites who carry the ark should first put their feet in this overflowing river.  When they did exactly what He had asked, they saw the miracle of God. The upstream of Jordan stood as a heap of water and the downstream retrieved back to its origin and they saw dry ground.

These priest , stood there in the middle of the river, carrying this heavy ark until this large number of people crossed over. It would have taken hours for them to cross…The Levites did not have options to leave the ark on the floor…They carried the weight of it the whole time they stood. They could not even change their positions…tell someone else to stand for them,…but they took the effort to be in that position so that they along with their people will finally enter this promised land which God has promised their forefathers. Just when the last priest took his feet of the river and placed it on the promised land…the waters of river Jordan came returned to its initial stage. Was it hard for the priest to be in the gap for their loved ones? Yes…but it was all worth it. 

Some of us are chosen to be in that position. To always cry and intercede for others..to step out in faith in that overflowing Jordan for the sake of our own people..to be in that tough spot, carrying the heavy burden of prayer and worship so that others might pass through…Though its tough to be in that position..its amazing to see God’s miracle happening at the expense of your faith…at your step, God will let you see the unnatural…things that you thought would never happen. And that alone is a great privilege and your reward is great.

God Bless,

Rani John

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Responses

  1. Thank you so much Rani for encouraging us in all the ways God calls us! 🙂

  2. Rani,
    Thanks for the word…….I was just visualizing that how much faith that Levites must have had to step into the overflowing Jordan and they stayed there whole time till all have crossed safely…God expect us to take that bold step in faith..and then he will start to do miracles for us..

    God bless you

  3. You are a great blessing to us. Thanks for this uplifting sharing. It is so comforting to be reminded that I am not alone in this but my Redeemer carefully watches over me. As I stand in the gap for others my God watches over me so that the flood waters do not drown me. Thank you, sister for receiving messages from the Lord and sharing them with us.
    Be blessed, Susan


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