By Alison Zeller
The story of Moses parting the Red Sea is quite familiar. Far fewer people remember that Joshua parted the Jordan River in a similarly spectacular way. But he did!
The waters of the Jordan roared like a freight train. Even so, Israel’s priests carried the ark of the covenant to the river’s banks and, at Joshua’s direction, stepped into the cascade. The water piled up on one side and flowed away on the other. The people crossed, as the text says, “on dry ground” (Joshua 3:17).
Joshua could have claimed credit for this difference-making moment. He could have run to his tent to polish his “Volunteer Leader of the Year” plaque. Instead, Joshua pointed beyond himself. He pointed beyond the priests and even beyond the ark of the covenant those priests carried.
Joshua pointed beyond it all, straight to the Lord—the God who had rescued the people of Israel from slavery in Egypt and was now bringing them into the Promised Land. Why did God do all this? Joshua explains:
So that all the peoples of the earth may know that the hand of the LORD is mighty, that you [people of Israel] may fear the LORD your God forever.
Joshua 4:24 ESV
Whether we serve on the soup supper cleanup committee or preach the Easter Sunday sermon, whether we sing in the choir or plan the budget, whether we lead or follow, it’s God who works in us and through us. He makes the difference! We serve God’s people best when we point beyond ourselves to the One who sealed our salvation on Calvary’s cross.
Editor’s note: Today’s devotion is from the CTA’s journal for celebrating volunteers, Making a Difference . . . Inspiring Lives.
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