The Israelites had to cross the river Jordan before entering the Promised Land of Canaan.
Every believer also has a River Jordan to cross in their life. Spiritually, this River Jordan refers to the last and final hurdle you and me will have to encounter, before moving on to meet Jesus on the other shore.
Here are 4 ways through which we can cross the River:
- By using the Counsel of Hushai
- With the help of the Priests and Ark of Covenant
- Using the mantle
- By using the Staff
Using the counsel of Hushai
With the counsel of Hushai, David and his men were able to overcome a Jordan like situation in their life. Hushai was king David’s friend, he gave the right counsel to the king and his men. 2 Samuel 15:37. Ahitophel was also a counsellor to king David, but he was a conspirator. David did not listen to his counsel because Ahitophel was conspiring to create division between David and his son Absalom. David chose to rather listen to his friend, because he gave him the correct counsel on how to cross Jordan. 2 Samuel 17:14-16,22.
Spiritually, Hushai is a shadow of our Lord Jesus Christ. He is the best friend and guide a believer can possibly have to navigate through life. A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother. Proverbs 18:24. Yes..!! He is a friend who sticks closer than a brother to us. He gives us the best counsel through His Word. Therefore, He is Wonderful in counsel and excellent in working. Isaiah 28:29, 9:6. Therefore, in our spiritual life, in order to cross the river Jordan, we need good counsel. Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory. Psalm 73:24.
With the help of the Priests and Ark of Covenant
During the journey of the Israelites, the Priests carrying the Ark of the Covenant helped them to cross the river Jordan. In the harvest season, the river Jordan overflows all of its banks. Nevertheless as soon as the feet of the Priests carrying the Ark of Covenant touched the waters, the river got divided into two parts. It stood as a wall on both sides for the people to travel across.
And it came to pass, when the people removed from their tents, to pass over Jordan, and the priests bearing the ark of the covenant before the people; And as they that bare the ark were come unto Jordan, and the feet of the priests that bare the ark were dipped in the brim of the water, (for Jordan overfloweth all his banks all the time of harvest,) That the waters which came down from above stood and rose up upon an heap very far from the city Adam, that is beside Zaretan: and those that came down toward the sea of the plain, even the salt sea, failed, and were cut off: and the people passed over right against Jericho.Joshua 3:14,15,16.
The Priests refers to the Spirit baptised ministers that the Lord has given the Church, as overseers. The Ark refers to the fellowship of the saints or the Church of God. As members of the Body of Christ, when we abide in the fellowship God gave us, remain stedfast under the guidance of these overseers, we will be able to cross the river Jordan. Psalm 50:5.
(…to be continued)