In the book of Joshua, we come to the third verse of chapter 4. God told the Israelites to take 12 stones out of the riverbed of Jordan. In our journey of life, we must have those mile markers that remind us of the times God delivered us from a great difficulty. Not only should we have mile markers for own reflection, but we must be sure to pass them onto the next generations so that they are anchored in faith with God.
In verse 10, the priests were instructed to stand in the middle of the Jordan River on solid ground while they were surrounded by walls of water. They were to remain there until all the Israelites had passed on to the other side of the river. There are times we must be still and let God have his way. In our service to God, it may not even be about our standing still. It may be about our support for those who are overcoming trauma.
Verse 12 tells us that those who were members of the tribe of Reuben and Gad and half the tribe of Manasseh continued on the journey as additional support to the rest of Israel. They already knew what their claim to be, yet they kept their promise and provided that additional support so that others may win in their own life venture.
Verse 14 says that the Lord magnify Joshua in the sight of all Israel. Theoretically someone else could have been the leader of the Israelites. The fact of the matter is that Joshua was the leader not necessarily by who he was but by what God made him. As individuals or as a group of people who believe in God and seek to serve him, we win where God has brought us.