The crossing of the Jordan is a story of trust, faith, and obedience. Joshua trusts that God will hold back the waters and make a way for his people. God trusts that Joshua will do as he is told. The people trust in their leader, Joshua, to lead them safely to the other side of the river. In the Ark of the Covenant is the Law of Moses, symbolic of God’s presence. Consequently, the Israelites trust that God is with them as they travel about two-thirds of a mile between the waters of the river.
For believers today, crossing the Jordan represents passing from one level of the Christian life to another. It is not a picture of a believer dying and entering heaven. For the Israelites Canaan is hardly heaven! It is a picture of entering into spiritual warfare to claim what God has promised. This should mean the end of a life lived by human effort and the beginning of a life of faith in and obedience to the Word of the Lord.
Crossing troubled waters requires trust and patience. It also requires faith. Faith in a God Who assures us that He will be with us in our transition. Faith in a God Who promises new life in a new land. Faith in a God Who can create a bridge over troubled waters in ways that surpass our understanding. As consecrated children of God, we need to step out in faith to cross those waters, knowing that God is waiting for us on the other side.