One day we will face our death. Our crossing of Jordon may be nearer than we think. Whether we see it coming or it is a total surprise, how will you do? What you do now will help you handle Jordon.
Jeremiah 12: 5 If thou hast run with the footmen, and they have wearied thee, then how canst thou contend with horses? and if in the land of peace, wherein thou trustedst, they wearied thee, then how wilt thou do in the swelling of Jordan?
How will you do with the swelling of the Jordon? I’ve heard about the swelling of the Jordon for years. I didn’t realize it was referred to in the Bible until this week when I saw this. It shows that the songs speaking of it are biblically based. Think about the questions posed here. How will you do?
The crossroads of Thomas Bridge connects many people in the church. When you see the river in times of drought it’s just a little creek. Just a few weeks ago it overflowed its banks and was frightening. A little river that is normally a joy becomes dangerous in floods. It kills people and destroys property. Isn’t that like life? We’re just like a river. We can’t go back stream to the past—where we’ve been. It may trickle at times; at other times it is impassable. People who live near a river learn to prepare for such occasions.
Our life is like a river we pass through. On down the river are things we don’t know about. There are also better things ahead. In heaven the River of Life flows from the throne of God. The Tree of Life bears twelve manners of fruit as the River runs through. Jesus has given us living water. It’s a fountain of everlasting life. On the river of our life are twists, turns, and bends. At times it is deep; at times it is shallow. It may be rough and rocky or it may run smooth. It may be slow but speed up at the next turn. Life is uncertain, but through it flows the river of God. We can get through our river. No matter what our river may be doing right now, I’m thankful that if we keep our eyes on Jesus he will get us through.
When we come the crossing of Jordon, we’ll make it no matter how swollen it is. Jesus will be with us when our river flows into Jordon. Sometimes the battles of life are smaller; the river isn’t very high. Every day we have a good day we should thank the Lord. We don’t know what may happen tomorrow. Days come when the river swells; the water gets deep. As long as we stay well with the shallow, we’ll know what to do in the deep. They both come from trusting the Lord to show us what to do.
It’s a scary thing when your feet don’t touch the bottom and you can’t swim. Many of us learned to swim by instinct when our brothers threw us in the river. It was sink or swim. We can’t swim the river of life without the Lord. We seem to do all right wading, but we never know when the waters will go over our head. With the Lord we can swim. When you have trouble handling life, hang on to the Lord; he’ll get you through. Remember that when waters are over our head they are still under his feet.
Jesus is there in the shallow waters as well as the deep. When it’s time for us to die, we don’t have to be afraid. We don’t know when it’s going to happen, but we don’t have to think about facing the swollen waters without Jesus. If your waters are navigable right now, thank God. If it’s deep, remember Jesus is there. We’re not promised a life where our feet will always touch the bottom. He did promise to be there, and we won’t go under in his care.
The devil wants us to feel alone as if the Lord stays on the bank and coaches us. He’s in the river with us. If the water is ankle deep, Jesus is there. If it’s waist deep, he is there. If it’s over our head, the Lord is there. When life gets hard remember we cannot walk on the water. Peter didn’t have the ability to do it until Jesus made it possible. Only while he kept his eyes on Jesus did he stay up. When he saw the storm, he was afraid and began to sink and called out for help. How we do in low water will help us later. What drowns us will never drown Jesus. He was submerged for us to obtain our salvation. Don’t panic when the river swells. It’s never too much for Jesus. Trust him. Do what he says.
Israel wandered in the wilderness 40 years. No one but Joshua and Caleb had been through the Red Sea. Before them was the raging Jordon River. Joshua told them to do according to his instructions. He had them bear the ark into the water; it heaped up creating a path for the people to walk across on dry ground. They followed it to safety.
As long as we trust Jesus and go his path, we can make it across the river of life. Joshua 3:17 says and the priests that bare the ark of the covenant of the Lord stood firm on dry ground in the midst of Jordan, and all the Israelites passed over on dry ground, until all the people were passed clean over Jordan. This tells me we can make it clean over as well.
How will you do in the swelling of the Jordon? How are you doing now? Now matters. It will make a difference in the end.