Several generations passed.
400 years of captivity.
40 years wandering the desert.
The Promised Land in sight, then out of sight, then in it again. Amazing victories. Devastating losses. Seasons of sin. Periods of rejoicing and serving the Lord.
Finally, the death of Moses. It wouldn’t be long. All they’d waited for was about to be realized. The promise they’d clung to their whole lives, generation after generation was about to come true.
Tomorrow, Joshua said, God would do wonders in their sight.
Not with battle cries or conquering. Not with settlement or recognition from anyone outside. We have no records of trumpets sounding or angels singing or any other fanfare. As with many moving days, excitement was mixed with the practical aspects of relocating. It came with memories of the last massive move: out of slavery.
Tomorrow came by entering the way they exited- on dry land. God, in a moment, had a river stand still and pile up in a heap so that His people would visually see what had always been: God makes the way.
They entered after Him and crossed over before His presence.
Their feet stood, at long last, on the Promised Land.
Tomorrow came and went.
It was still days, months even, before the land was officially claimed, in the sight of all people, as their own. There were still wars to be fought and victories to be had in the name of the God Almighty. The land had still to be divided, people would need to stake their claims and build their homes. All of the establishing was left to do.
The past was behind, the promise was the present.
God stopped a river in their sight to remind them of who He was and where He was in the midst of the move and the promise: present.
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God makes a way so that we might recognize, in knowing and following Him, a present far greater than the promise. We live in the presence of the promise-maker and promise-keeper.
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