It had been forty years since the Red Sea parted and the people of Israel walked across into the freedom God had promised them. Forty years of wandering and and sometimes wondering, even though God was there to lead them all the way to the banks of the Jordan River. Forty years had passed, Moses had passed away, Joshua was now leading, but God was still there, even through the wilderness, working to bring about His promises.
The same God who parted the Red Sea to get the people out of Egypt would now demonstrate His power to get the people into the Promised Land. God told Joshua that He was going to show the people that He was with Joshua just as He was with Moses. How would He show them? Joshua 3:13 tells us what He would do, “And when the soles of the feet of the priests bearing the ark of the LORD, the Lord of all the earth, shall rest in the waters of the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan shall be cut off from flowing, and the waters coming down from above shall stand in one heap.” Just as they did coming out of Egypt, the people walked into the Promised Land on dry ground.
God brought them into the Promised Land just as He brought them out of Egypt. Two events, forty years apart, but God’s plan was still intact. Sometimes in the Christian life, we need reminding that God’s plan is still intact and that His promises remain unbroken. Paul wrote in Philippians 1:6, “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” God didn’t bring the people through the Red Sea and then see the Jordan as an impossible task, and God didn’t call you out of your sin to faith in Christ only to now look at your struggles, as long as they might have lasted, as more than He can handle. He’ll finish His good work in you just as surely He started it.