Insurmountable Barriers

Has there been a time in your life when it seems there is no path forward because the struggles seem insurmountable? Perhaps you can see the other side, but there are road blocks that stop you from moving forward. It is overwhelming to consider overcoming the barriers — a feeling of being swept away by a fast moving current. By yourself you cannot cross this barrier, but with God you can.

This is where the Israelites stood at the edge of the Jordan River after wandering through the wilderness. Joshua 3:15 tells us, “Now the Jordan is at flood stage all during harvest (NIV).” There they stood at the edge of a flooded river with the land God promised them on the other side. To leave the wilderness, they would have to cross the river. Insurmountable? “Then Joshua said to the people, ‘Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD will do wonders among you (3:5, NASB).’” He added, “Behold, the ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earth is crossing over ahead of you into the Jordan (3:11).”

You may be standing on the shore of something that looks insurmountable, something stopping you from leaving the wilderness of your struggles. You can see God’s promises of a new land on the other side, yet the swift moving water — your current hard ship is all you can see; a river at flood stage. But as Joshua told the Israelites, “the Lord of all the earth is crossing over ahead of you.”

God will wade into those overwhelming waters to clear a path for you. “The waters which were flowing down from above stood and rose up in one heap (16).” You only need to prayerfully take that first step and follow God’s lead. When God does lead you out of those wilderness moments in your life, be sure to remember what he has done for you.

© 2022, CGThelen

Let this be a sign among you, so that when your children ask later, saying, ‘What do these stones mean to you?’ then you shall say to them, ‘Because the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD; when it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off.’ So these stones shall become a memorial to the sons of Israel forever.” – Joshua 4:6-7

He said to the sons of Israel, “When your children ask their fathers in time to come, saying, ‘What are these stones?’ then you shall inform your children, saying, ‘Israel crossed this Jordan on dry ground.’ – Joshua 4:21

9 thoughts on “Insurmountable Barriers

  1. Your comment reminds me of this scripture:
    “The voice of the LORD is upon the waters; The God of glory thunders, The LORD is over many waters. The voice of the LORD is powerful, The voice of the LORD is majestic.” – Psalm 29:3-4

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