NOT A BOAT IN SIGHT! A flooded river was before them and enemies that would fight them to the death were waiting on the other side of the river. The only Leader they had since leaving Egypt was dead on Mount Nebo and the new Leader was organizing the people to cross this flooded river. And there was not a boat in sight. “And Jehovah said unto Joshua, This day will I begin to magnify thee in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that, as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee. And thou shalt command the priests that bear the ark of the covenant, saying, When ye are come to the brink of the waters of the Jordan, ye shall stand still in the Jordan. And it shall come to pass, when the soles of the feet of the priests that bear the ark of Jehovah, the Lord of all the earth, shall rest in the waters of the Jordan, that the waters of the Jordan shall be cut off, even the waters that come down from above; and they shall stand in one heap. (Joshua 3:7-9, 13 ASV)
And just as God said it happened and the people traveled to the other side of the river on dry ground. “On that day Jehovah magnified Joshua in the sight of all Israel; and they feared him, as they feared Moses, all the days of his life” (Joshua 4:14 ASV). When God makes a promise He keeps it. When God gives directions we need to obey them no matter how illogical they may sound to us. Joshua was an obedient servant of God and God “magnified him in the sight of all Israel.” How unlike many Christians today who eschew servanthood but want to be exalted or magnified before others. Joshua was faithful in serving Moses. And Joshua was faithful in serving God. Joshua’s faithful servanthood led to his godly leadership and exalted standing before the nation of Israel.
Jesus said, “A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his lord. It is enough for the disciple that he be as his teacher, and the servant as his lord” (Matthew 10:24-25 ASV). As Christians we should be striving to be servants of the Lord Jesus Christ. We should strive to emulate Jesus in our actions, attitudes, goals and inner being. Joshua was content to serve and be like Moses. In doing so he became more like God. Jesus has told us to model Him and in doing so we will become more like Him, “but whosoever would become great among you shall be your minister; and whosoever would be first among you shall be your servant: even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:26-28).