We all want to do great deeds for God and to be useful and helpful instruments of God's love. Joshua 3 tells of Joshua's great deeds, the story of one man who succeeded because God was with him. He is the SUPERMAN of the Old Testament. A man of action, he is aggressive and powerful. Let us look at this one individual and see how he became so successful.✞
Any successful work of God needs a miraculous touch. The people of Israel had been camped at the banks of the Jordan River for three days. Then Joshua said in Joshua 3.5, "Purify yourselves, because tomorrow the Lord will perform miracles among you." Note that the soldiers needed to be purified as we do when we embark on a piece of work for God. For Joshua, this entailed the river Jordan being stopped and the people being able to cross on dry ground. When the army left the camp to cross the Jordan, the priests went ahead of them carrying the Covenant Box. As soon as the priests stepped into the river, the waters stopped flowing and piled up, far upstream at Adam, the city beside Zarethan. The flow downstream to the Dead Sea was completely cut off, and the people were able to cross over near Jericho.
Joshua 3.15-16 explains precisely how this miracle happened, "Now the Jordan is at flood stage all during harvest. Yet as soon as the priests who carried the ark reached the Jordan and their feet touched the water's edge, the water from upstream stopped flowing. It piled up in a heap a great distance away, at a town called Adam in the vicinity of Zarethan, while the water flowing down to the Sea of the Arabah (that is, the Dead Sea) was completely cut off. So the people crossed over opposite Jericho." The miracle was that the river stopped flowing at the precise moment needed. God's timing was and is impeccable!✞