Genesis 1-3 Daily Word

The Daily Word

Breaking Camp

By Laura Martin

The Israelites looked ahead at the Promised Land and saw the Jordan River in their path. Joshua received orders from the Lord on how they would cross over. First, the Israelites had to break camp, leaving a place of comfort. Then, the priests had to go to the edge of the water and stand in the water with both feet. When they followed these instructions, they witnessed God’s miraculous hand—the Jordan River dried up, allowing thousands of Israelites to walk across the river bed.

Breaking camp and standing in the water . . . that’s what the Israelites were instructed to do as they walked in faith. What does that mean for you today? Where in your life do you need to break up what is comfortable? Has the Lord asked you to move away from the job you’ve held for 23 years? Maybe you need to say something to someone that’s been on your heart for months? It’s time to break camp. And then, go all in. Don’t just sort of do it. Be confident to the Lord’s calling. Go stand in the water with both feet. Move to another state. Invite a friend who hasn’t spoken to you out for dinner. Just go for it. If the Lord is leading you to do it, then He will be with you. As you move in obedience and in faith to His leading, you will witness God’s mighty hand, His mighty power, and His mighty provision in your life. Walk it out in bold obedience! God is with you.

“When the people broke camp to cross the Jordan, the priests carried the ark of the covenant ahead of the people. Now the Jordan overflows its banks throughout the harvest season. But as soon as the priests carrying the ark reached the Jordan, their feet touched the water at its edge and the water flowing downstream stood still, rising up in a mass that extended as far as Adam, a city next to Zarethan.”

Joshua 3:14-15

Further Scriptures

I Chronicles 16:8 — “Give thanks to Yahweh; call on His name; proclaim His deeds among the peoples.”

Proverbs 3:5-6 — “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding; think about Him in all your ways, and He will guide you on the right paths.”

Isaiah 42:16 — “I will lead the blind by a way they did not know; I will guide them on paths they have not known. I will turn darkness to light in front of them and rough places into level ground. This is what I will do for them, and I will not forsake them.”