The Jordan River

“A king will reign in righteousness and rulers will rule with justice. Each one will be like a shelter from the wind and a refuge from the storm, like streams of water in the desert” Isaiah 32:1-2

The Jordan River is one of the foremost landmarks in the Middle East. It is mentioned in the Bible nearly 200 times. There are three interesting facts about the Jordan River that relate to our lives in a spiritual way. First, the river covers an area of about 65 miles from the Sea of Galilee to the Dead Sea, but the river itself winds back and forth so often it is actually almost 200 miles long! Rarely in our lives do we have a straight shot from failure to success, but many twists and turns along the way.

jordan riverSecond, the river drops significantly in altitude – more than 600 feet, which produces numerous rapids along the normally calm river. The same is true for us. We move at a steady pace, but every now and then we have a growth spurt and hit some fast currents. 

Third, the Scriptures tell us of many miracles that happened in or by the Jordan River. A heavy ax head floated on its surface, the children of Israel crossed it the same way they crossed the Red Sea, Naaman was cured of leprosy by dipping in it seven times, Elijah was taken to heaven just after crossing it, and Jesus was baptized in it. 

However, what the Jordan River has done for thousands of years is provide life-giving water to people, livestock, and farms along its banks. Its waters have made the Jordan River Valley on of the most fruitful in the world. This is the daily miracle of the Jordan. As you experience changes of pace and directio, along with a miracle now and then, remember your daily miracle – bringing God’s life giving Water, the Gospel of His Son, Jesus Christ, to those around you. 


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