Joshua 1:10-11 “And Joshua commanded the officers of the people, ‘Pass through the midst of the camp and command the people, ‘Prepare your provisions, for within three days you are to pass over this Jordan to go in to take possession of the land that the LORD your God is giving you to posses.’”
“Prepare your provisions”, exactly what provisions should I be preparing? It seems as though it would be pretty clear to the Israelites what they were to prepare; food, water, animals, their families and possessions. They would be physically walking into the Jordan river and crossing into the Promised Land, they had been anticipating and waiting for, for 40 years. The Hebrew words here are telling us to literally prepare and make ready our meat, food or provision.
Going over our Jordan into our promised land, at least for me, seems somewhat ambiguous. I have an idea, but I don’t have a clear path. There is a dream, but not a clear map with a check list. So what provisions do I need to prepare? I can’t just pack my suitcase full of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and clean underwear. That would provide physical sustenance and needs, but my Jordan is going to require more than some PB&J.
What do I really need in my suitcase for this journey? What provisions? Over the past couple of days, the only all-encompassing answer I’ve been able to settle on is the Lord.
Jehovah-jireh, Lord Provider. In Genesis 22 when Abraham brings Isaac, his only son, to Mt. Mariah to sacrifice him before the Lord. Here, Abraham boldly trusts the Lord and is obedient. And as Abraham is preparing to sacrifice his son, the Lord calls out to Abraham and provides a ram instead. To me, it’s one of the most beautiful stories in the old Testament. The foreshadowing, the trust, willing obedience and provision amaze me. As a remembrance of what the Lord did for him, Abraham calls this place Jehovahjireh which means the LORD will provide. Not the LORD may or might, but the LORD will provide. There is action on Abrahams part, he didn’t just sit around and wait for provision, he took bold and courageous steps! It was not the fun and easy path. I also love how the Word uses LORD (all capitals) which reminds us that He is a covenant keeping LORD. There is provision and Promised Land written all over this portion of Genesis.
In John 14:25-27 Jesus promises us the Holy Spirit, our Helper. As a Believer the Holy Spirit resides within us, and I consider that eternal provision and an unmatched provision while we are walking this earth. The provisions of the Holy Spirit are irreplaceable and abundant! The Holy Spirit will teach us and give peace. Sometimes I call part of this Holy Spirit within, Intuition. Listening and trusting that which is within has taken some practice for me, requiring quiet time, listening, reflection and grace.
Philippians 4:10-20 also speaks of God’s provision. I just love this, and would highly recommend you spending some time reading and reflecting on this passage. Briefly, for me it’s a good reminder and comfort knowing that there will be highs and there will be lows in life, there is no way around it. We will share troubles. We can choose to be, and learn to be, content in everything; remembering that God has and will continue to supply everything because His provisions are at work.
When we choose to live with Jesus in our hearts, we have everything. We have God the Father as LORD Provider. We have the Holy Spirit as our guide, and we have Jesus who has provided an eternal gift of salvation. He will provide for our every need if we allow him, because “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13)
He is enough for you and me, He is sufficient. The Lord has provided friends and family to encourage and hold me accountable. The Lord has provided time, energy and resources. The Lord has already prepared provisions ahead of me, because He knows what I’ll need and what I’ll face on the path ahead. There is a huge comfort to know that my “suitcase” is well stocked with provisions for the journey ahead as we ‘go over this Jordan’.
“And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19. He will supply every need. And, it will be according to His riches, not my own.
So, I will prepare my heart; filling it with Jesus, because He is my provision.