In this New Testament time, God leads us through various kinds of obstacles and difficulties. Even though Israel had experienced the Red Sea, again they had to walk in faith by going through this journey with God, and him alone. We often use this passage to be encouraged. The bottom line truth is God's plan never fails. Joshua and the rest of Israel did not have a choice. God's plan for Israel to cross the Jordan was all set; all they had left was obedience. There was no way around it. God led them through the Jordan River. The sanctification process is the same way. There is no way around it, other than through it. It was God alone that led Israelite through the Jordan River. We can trust God.
"When God allowed my sorrow and pain to bring me to the cross, I quietly knelt in his presence. I could not ask the reason for my sorrow and suffering. There were no words before him. I met God who said that he loves me even to death. Heaven is closer to me now than ever before. My son's death connected me with the reality of death and sin, and led me closer to my only hope, Jesus Christ. Now, I have hope, not a wish, that I am forgiven and will see Jesus and my son some day at a beautiful place where there is no more pain, no more tears and no more fear."
'Hope' is not a wish, but a reality of the future, for which I am waiting with full of anticipation.