This account has been outstanding to me today, especially “for the Jordan overflows all its banks all the time of harvest.” It is within Joshua 3:14-17.
“When the people moved from their tents to pass over the Jordan, the priests who bore the ark of the covenant being before the people, and when those who bore the ark had come to the Jordan, and the feet of the priests who bore the ark had dipped in the edge of the water (for the Jordan overflows all its banks all the time of harvest), the waters which came down from above stood, and rose up in one heap, a great way off, at Adam, the city that is beside Zarethan; and those that went down toward the sea of the Arabah, even the Salt Sea, were wholly cut off. Then the people passed over near Jericho. The priests who bore the ark of Yahweh’s covenant stood firm on dry ground in the middle of the Jordan; and all Israel crossed over on dry ground, until all the nation had passed completely over the Jordan” (World English Bible, emphasis added).
Have you been close to or in a river lately? Even a very mild-mannered river in a season of drought, like the North Canadian, is wet--very wet. Even the ground on the banks is wet. But God made a raging, overflowing river, Jordan, completely dry for the Children of Israel to cross over. The crossing over to the Promised Land was their harvest—their reaping of the good home that God had promised them and their ancestors.
Am I expecting a harvest from seeds I have sown? These could be money seeds, time seeds, love seeds, commitment seeds—any seeds that I have sown where the Lord told me to. Just like a farmer sows a particular seed when he or she wants a particular crop, it is right for me to expect a harvest from these seeds. However, when the harvest comes in, the river may be overflowing. Uh-oh! How will I collect the harvest on supernatural seed sown? With God’s supernatural help, of course. God will combine my act of obedience (faith) and persistence (patience) with His supernatural power and I can get in the harvest.
Remember, too, the priests (those designated by God) held the Ark of the Covenant. I must listen, obey, remember our new and better covenant in Christ (Hebrews 8:8-12), trust God’s supernatural power, and gather in the harvest.
Listen, obey, remember, trust, and reap!