Your Guide to the Great Unknown

Joshua 3:1-5

Adrian Rogers

Sermon Overview

Scripture Passage: Joshua 3:1-5

In Joshua 3, the children of Israel were on the brink of blessing. Between them and a land of opportunity was a raging river of difficulty. However, they had with them the Ark of the Covenant, a reminder of God’s presence with His people, and their guide to the Great Unknown.

“And Joshua said to the people, ‘Sanctify yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you’” (Joshua 3:5). Joshua instructed his people to keep their eyes on the ark, to move only when it moves, to follow its lead.

When we keep our eyes on Jesus, He will guide us through uncharted places.

We don’t have to know the future to walk victoriously, so long as God’s presence leads us. We must be sure not to run out in front of God’s plans; timing is more important than time. He must remain at the head, and it’s our job to simply follow.

When we keep our eyes on Him, He will also grant His unfading promises.

Jesus is our ark of the covenant; He is proof that God keeps His promises to us. Those promises are good for all saints, in all seasons, and in all situations. His Word is settled in Heaven, unfading, even today.

When He guides us, Jesus will also guard us with His unfailing power.

The children of Israel passed through the Jordan River on dry ground because they were guarded by the God of power.

If we believe in God’s unfailing ability as the Israelites did, there’s no telling what sort of blessings we’ll experience. In order to trust in God, we must know Him.

Adrian Rogers says, “Every command of the sovereign God is a promise of the living God that He will perform in you and through you what He commands you to do.”

The Israelites’ crossing of the Jordan River is a picture of the Gospel, in which Jesus went into the river of death and stopped it from flowing so that we may pass through.

As the Lord our God, He is sovereign; as the living God, He is sufficient. And as God of all the Earth, He is in control of every situation.

Apply it to your life

Are you facing a new season of life or uncharted territory? Don’t get ahead of your Guide; follow God through the Great Unknown today.