“The priests carrying the ark of the covenant of the LORD stood firmly on dry ground in the middle of the Jordan. All Israel crossed over on dry ground until the entire nation was on the other side.” — Joshua 3:17, NET
2022, Happy New Year!
How does it feel to be in a new year?
Did you enter it with great expectation, or does it all seem like a big blur — a continuation of the day before?
Even though 2022 may have come with some of the same challenges we experienced in 2021, it is a new season and a new time in God.
Just as Israel crossed the Jordan to take a stake in God’s promise, we too have to claim ownership of this new year in order to receive what God has purposed for us in this appointed time.
Saturday, January 1, at 12:00 AM, marked the other side of change.
Change from the old into the new — the end of one season and the beginning of a new period in which transition and shifting paradigms occur.
I propose to you today that Israel’s crossing of the Jordan is symbolic of us crossing over into a new year. However, for us, it is a spiritual rite of passage. This movement is about what God has done in the realm of the spirit manifesting in the physical realm.
“Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. (Matthew 6:10, KJV)
When crossing over, part of Israel’s instructions was to keep space between them and the Ark of the Covenant, a half-mile to be exact. The reason why was because they had not passed that stretch of land before. (Joshua 3:3–4)
My friend, God has done a new thing. We are in a place in Him where we have not been before.
As heaven unfolds your next, don’t eagerly get ahead of God. Instead, be attentive to His movement and the leading of the Holy Spirit. Don’t take anything for granted or assume that something is true without filtering it first, through the Word of God and the lens of the Holy Spirit.
Set your face like a flint, and do not lose focus. In doing so, you will know where to go at all times without knowing where you’re going. (Father Abraham knows a little about this approach.)
Israel’s possession of the promised land did not happen all at once. It happened in phases. Little by little, they fought and conquered until they gained ownership of the entire territory.
At the end of, what I call the first phase, we see Joshua reinstating the covenant sign of circumcision, and he has a divine encounter with the Commander of the Lord’s Army. (Chapter 5)
In this encounter, Joshua falls on his face and worships and asks of the Commander, “What does my Lord say to His servant?”
Joshua’s actions were a sign of submission. They showed he understood God was in control and how he was to follow wherever God leads.
Crossing over was the beginning of something bigger than what Israel could have imagined.
Your crossing over is more significant than what you can imagine.
My Challenge to You:
- Over the next few days, weeks, or months take an assessment of where you’ve been and where you are. Don’t think of your review as a checklist of what you did or did not accomplish. But instead, look at it as a partnership and an opportunity to continue with what God has started.
- Spend time with Him and receive insight, instructions, and strategic plans for this new season.
- Then, rest and prepare to journey into your next.
Join me next week for Coffee on The Couch.