As the Israelites stood on the banks of the Jordan river as it was in full flood, they faced the choice of whether to focus on what was humanly possible or on what was divinely possible. In order to take hold of the kind of life God wanted them to live, they needed to prepare themselves spiritually and abandon themselves to faith. It’s exactly the same challenge we face to really enter in to the life “to the full” that Jesus promises us.
Read Joshua 3:1-5. To help get a good understanding of the passage, try to describe what is happening or being said in your own words. Take a moment to reflect and note down what stands out as important, significant or meaningful to you. What does this passage tell us about God? What does this passage tell us about people? How does this passage change how we live?
1. God often chooses to work in partnership with us not despite us. Is there a dream or an opportunity that God has shown you that He is waiting for you to step into? Discuss.
2. What are some ways that fear can rob us of potential opportunities? (Exodus 4:10-11)
3. Do you have a testimony or story of God’s recent activity in/through your life or are your stories all of past activity?
4. Is there a disconnect between what you read about God in the Bible and your personal experience of Him?
5. How do you feel about God’s strategy of parting the water only when the feet of the priests touched the water? (Joshua 3:15)
Israel needed to change their focus from the raging Jordan River to the potential of an almighty God who could part the water. Take some time to think of your current situation and if there is an area where you need to ask God to “refocus” your perspective, in light of His presence and His capacity in and through you.