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Message Text

Joshua 3:1-5

Early in the morning Joshua and all the Israelites set out from Shittim and went to the Jordan, where they camped before crossing over. After three days the officers went throughout the camp, giving orders to the people: “When you see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, and the Levitical priests carrying it, you are to move out from your positions and follow it. Then you will know which way to go, since you have never been this way before. But keep a distance of about two thousand cubits between you and the ark; do not go near it.” Joshua told the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you.”

Message Notes

1. Your default response to your situation can help or hinder you ability to anticipate.

If we are going to lead we have to, by default, believe that God is for us.

“Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you.”

Isaiah 41:10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

2. You don’t have to know where you’re going to anticipate what’s next.

2 After three days the officers went throughout the camp, 3 giving orders to the people: “When you see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, and the Levitical priests carrying it, you are to move out from your positions and follow it. 4 Then you will know which way to go, since you have never been this way before.

Knowing every detail about where your going isn’t necessary to Anticipate whats next.

3. Anticipation is most important in difficult situations.

15 Now the Jordan is at flood stage all during harvest.

In difficult times we tend to just let things happen. I can anticipate God working on my behalf so I can make the next move even if it’s not easy.

4. Remember how it worked out so you can do it again.

4 So Joshua called together the twelve men he had appointed from the Israelites, one from each tribe, 5 and said to them, “Go over before the ark of the Lord your God into the middle of the Jordan. Each of you is to take up a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the Israelites, 6 to serve as a sign among you. In the future, when your children ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’ 7 tell them that the flow of the Jordan was cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord. When it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. These stones are to be a memorial to the people of Israel forever.”

If you can anticipate the goodness of God now you will prepare the next generation to anticipate it later.

Every river at flood stage provides an opportunity to anticipate and remember.

Connect Group Questions

  1. All through scripture God pronounces His commitment to us. Why is it so hard for us to accept that fact.
  2. Why is it hard to anticipate when you don’t know all the details?
  3. Share a story about you trusting God when you didn’t know where you were going?
  4. Why is it so important to anticipate God’s goodness in difficult situations?
  5. Why is it so easy to forget what God has done when we are faced with difficult situations?
  6. What did Joshua tell the people to do in order to remember what God had done that day?
  7. What are some things you could do to remember God’s faithfulness and help to anticipate it again?