Joshua 3 tells the story of the people of Israel as they were ready to cross the Jordan River into the Promised Land. The priests were to lead the others, and as soon as they stepped into the water, God would open up the river and everyone could go over on dry ground. God performed this miracle just like he promised, not only to get the people into Canaan, but also to let the people know that he was still with them. In verse 10 Joshua said, “Hereby shall ye know that the living God is among you.” God was with Israel, and the people needed the assurance that he had not forsaken them.
Is the living God still among us today? How do we know if God is really with us?
The Bible says that God’s spirit lives in each person who received Jesus Christ. In 1 Cor. 6:19, Paul says that our bodies become the temple of the Holy Spirit, giving up the assurance that God is with us. Jesus himself said that he would be with believers until the end of the world.
There may be times when we feel forsaken by God, or we may be discouraged because of the problems and pressures of life. Sometimes physical illness can make us fell that God has forsaken us. But how we feel is not what is most important, for no matter how we feel, God’s word is always true. In Josh. 1:5, God said, “I will not fail thee nor forsake thee.”