Two times the children of Israel had to walk through a body of water in order to get their breakthrough, victory, or promise. The first was the parting of the Red Sea and the second was the crossing of the Jordan River.
In Exodus 14:13-31, we read about when the children of Israel were about to leave Egypt. Now Egypt was the place of captivity, the place of bondage, the place of what use to be. They had the Red Sea in front of them and the army of Egypt behind them. They were stuck with no place to go. But Moses stood up and told the people to “Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord.” Sometimes when you are stuck between a rock and a hard place, you just have to trust in God that He knows what He is doing and that He will provide a way out. Even when you look forward and backward and there seems to be no way. Moses stretched out his hand over the Red Sea, God miraculously parted it and the children of Israel walked through to the other side. Have you ever had to walk through something in order to get to the other side? Have you ever had to step out of the familiar and pass through something into the unfamiliar? God is about to take you from where you used to be into a place of uncertainty, but first you must trust Him enough to walk through a circumstance, situation, or problem in your life.
After many years traveling through the wilderness, the children of Israel come across another body of water (See Joshua 3:7-17). This body of water separated them from what God has promised. They are stuck between the wilderness and the Jordan River. This time, when the children of Israel walk through, they are coming out of wandering in uncertainty and going into what God has promised them. They are coming out of their meantime and going into where they are supposed to be. They only thing preventing them from God’s promises and where they are supposed to be is the Jordan River. They have to go through something in order to get to the promises of God. Have you ever had to go through a particular trial, test, or battle in order to get to where God intended for you to be? If you can stand firm, outlast it, and make it through; you will get to the promises that God has waiting for you.
The first time the children of Israel walked through the Red Sea, they were coming out of where they used to be. The second time they passed through the Jordan River, they were going into where they were suppose to be. The first time you go through a trial or test, God is bringing you out of where you used to be. The second time you go through a trial or test, God is bringing you into where you are supposed to be. The prophet Isaiah writes “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you” (See Isaiah 43:1-2). Remember that God is with you as you are going through whatever it is in your life.
Know that when you’re walking through something, that you’re either coming out or going in. Know that God is with you. Trust in Him. He will bring you through it and you will stand in the promises of God on the other side.