The priests who carried the ark of the covenant of the Lord stopped in the middle of the Jordan and stood on dry ground. (Josh. 3:17)

A phone call from my doctor’s nurse informed me that a pretest revealed I had several small intestinal ulcers, possibly caused by Crohn’s disease. I hung up the phone and said: “Okay, God, you’ve got this!” I was put on a regimen of steroids to be taken over the next six weeks. I was also blessed with a very supportive church family with many prayer warriors. Later when my doctor told me those ulcers were gone, I was ecstatic. God had answered prayer on my behalf, whether through medication or through the prayers of God’s people. Praise the Lord!

The Jordan River, at flood stage, was stopped from flowing so the entire Israel nation was able to cross over on dry ground. God could have picked another time for this miracle, but he chose a high-water season to prove his power and presence. The Israelites knew they were outnumbered by the enemy. This demonstration of God’s power, and what he was capable of, no doubt brought great hope for them when they ultimately faced the enemy in battle.

As Christians, we are often greatly outnumbered and surrounded by the enemy. We are engaged in great spiritual warfare against such issues as abortion, drugs, homosexuality, sex trafficking, pornography, and the list goes on. Let us claim God’s hope for facing the enemy head-on with his power going before us!

Putting God first, go forth and trust him to conquer the enemy!

Ann Shadduck is a retired, at-risk-student teacher and evangelical Christian.

© 2020 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission.

Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.