Life often presents moments where one must choose to either stay where they are or attempt to go where they want to be. What are some of the barriers you’ve faced in your journey to a better future? Read Joshua 1:9 & 1 Corinthians 16:13. How have verses like these inspired you to have the courage to cross?
Read Joshua 3:1-3, 5, 15a. The Israelites faced an immediate obstacle as the river to their new future was at flood stage (it was not an optimal time to cross). When have you been tempted to let the river make the call and “stay put” instead of listening to the call of God?
The Israelites spent three days camping beside the river before Joshua gave them these instructions. Read Joshua 3:9-13. Why did God have them camp beside the river for three days? What message was He giving them by mentioning the ark of the covenant?
Joshua was leading a nation that for the most part had no memory of the Red Sea experience. That’s one of the reasons he reminded them, “tomorrow the LORD will do amazing things among you” (Joshua 3:5). Every generation needs its own “crossing moment”. What are some “amazing things” you’ve seen God do among His people recently and what lessons have you learned in the process?
Read Joshua 3:15b-16a. The water did not stop flowing because they walked beside the river, but because they walked into it. They didn’t experience the miracle until they started walking (their faith moved them to get their feet wet). Share an example of how you’ve seen someone walk by faith recently. How have you experienced this in your life?
Close in Prayer.