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Day Six

Joshua 3:16 (ESV)
…the waters coming down from above stood and rose up in a heap very far away, at Adam, the city that is beside Zarethan, and those flowing down toward the Sea of the Arabah, the Salt Sea, were completely cut off. And the people passed over opposite Jericho.
What is being depicted here is a miraculous stopping of the waters of the Jordan River in order for God’s people to cross over from their military staging area at Abel Shittim. Abel Shittim quite likely was a mound or a tell, perhaps at the location of the destruction of ancient Sodom. Imagine that! God assembling His people on top of Sodom as they organize themselves to begin the conquest of the Promised Land.
Crossing the Jordan River (reminiscent of the Red Sea out of Egypt, at the location where Elijah would be taken up into heaven, where John would baptize repentance and where Jesus would be baptized) the people followed the Ark, the symbolic presence of God. Joshua ends with a challenge to the people to follow God in faith.
John 3:16 echoes this by reassuring us that those who believe in Christ indeed will be saved!
How would you define the word belief?
Is it different than trust? How or how not?
Write down the areas of your life where God is calling you to “cross over” in faith into His promise? Pray for God for guidance and direction, courage and trust.