In Joshua Chapter 4, God had commanded Joshua to choose twelve men from each of the twelve tribes after they crossed the Jordan River. They were to take up twelve stones from the river and put them down at the place where they were to stay that night. A second pile of stones was set up in the middle of the Jordan at the spot where the priests who carried the ark of the covenant had stood. These two piles of stones had the same purpose, they were both a testimony to the same thing.
When we encounter calamities, how should we conduct ourselves in light of the Truth? Today, let us learn a precious lesson from Psalm 42-43, how to turn our scowls into smiles.
According to the explanation in 1Corinthians 10, crossing the Red Sea indicates baptism into Christ, symbolizing salvation. After forty years, God through Joshua, the leader of the new generation, performed another great miracle, dividing the Jordan River, allowing the Israelites to cross it on dry ground. Crossing the Red Sea symbolizes salvation, and crossing the Jordan River symbolizes victory. Once we are saved, we must become victorious Christians. We must cross the Jordan River, and enter into the Promised Land, enjoy the abundance God has for us. But how can we be victorious? Joshua chapter 3 tells us how.
In the Bible, there are at least 210 verses which speak of “crying”, and at least 43 verses referring to “tears.” It seems there’s a lot of crying and tears in the Bible. Even the Son of God, when he came as a man, wept. Thus, we see that it is alright to cry. But let me ask, for whom do we shed tears? Do the tears we shed have value?