Jordans often have nothing to do with sin in our lives. It may be sin if we don’t cross a Jordan, just as it was for Israel. In refusing to pass through to the other side, they were refusing to trust God.
I have had quite a number of Jordans to cross in my lifetime.
- Leaving a vibrant growing respected ministry in suburban Minneapolis to be an assistant pastor in the northwoods of Minnesota.
- Jumping into a church plant as a full-time staff person with no pay…and no guarantee that I would ever get any. And, by the way, I never did get much…
- Agreeing to travel all over the world for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association working with national church leaders while being a small-time pastor back home. This was a huge leap of faith for me.
- Leaving a good situation for our family and ministry to move to Brooklyn Park where a small church wanted a strong leader. Intimidating.
There are many more, but these are a few that stand out.
Sometimes Jordans are intimidating challenges we need to embrace. Or radical life changes we must embark upon. Or illogical endeavors we are compelled to follow. This is what the Jordan was for Israel, too. Nothing would be the same after they crossed the river. It took a lot of Lionhearted determination to make the leap and a lot of resignation that whatever they had is not what they would have in the future.
Jordans inevitably require releasing some things that we have cherished. We may need to say “farewell” to situations in which we have found security. There is always fear involved in conquering your Jordan, but that’s nothing for Lionhearted God-followers. They always recognize that what God has on the other side is always better than what they’re leaving behind. Maybe not easier, but better.
Face your Jordan and make the leap.