1 Chronicles 5:23
“And the children of the half tribe of Manasseh dwelt in the land: they increased from Bashan unto Baalhermon and Senir, and unto mount Hermon.”
The greatest mistake that the two-and-a-half tribes made was that they settled on the wrong side of the Jordan River. They relied on their own reasoning as to why they needed to stop on the wrong side of the Jordan instead of going forward to the Promised Land. The result of these tribes stopping on the wrong side is found in verse 25 which says, “And they transgressed against the God of their fathers, and went a whoring after the gods of the people of the land, whom God destroyed before them.” Had they gone forward, they would have never been exposed to the gods of the land, but their faithless decision led them to go into sin and eventual bondage.
Sadly, many believers stop on the wrong side of their Jordan River. Because many believers stop on the wrong side, they fall for the same mistakes for which these tribes fell. You cannot stop on the wrong side and think that you will not be exposed to the wrong things. There are several lessons you can learn from these tribes about stopping on the wrong side of your Jordan River.
First, your reasoning for stopping doesn’t make your stopping right. I’m afraid many have stopped for a “good” reason when they should have continued going forward for Christ. Every time you stop, you immediately fall into a backslidden state because God’s direction is never idle, but it is forward. You can always find a good reason to stop and be idle in the Christian walk because Satan always gives good reasons to stop; however, your reasoning for stopping is normally based on personal comfort instead of on faith.
Second, stopping on the wrong side or your Jordan River is the beginning of a fruitless Christian walk. God always wants the believer to conquer. His desire is not that you live a life of triviality. Many believers have stopped on the wrong side of Jordan who could have seen great things happen had they chosen to go forward.
Third, you rob yourself of God’s greatest blessings when you stop on the wrong side of your Jordan River. These tribes could have experienced more victories had they not stopped short of the Promised Land. Have you ever thought about what their families missed seeing because they stopped short? My friend, the greatest blessings you will see in the Christian walk will only be experienced by going forward instead of stopping.
Fourth, stopping on the wrong side of the Jordan River keeps the next generation from seeing God’s victories. It is no wonder that the children of those who stopped chose the gods of the land because they never saw the power of God as they conquered the Promised Land. The greatest regret you will have when you stop short of your Jordan River is when your children and grandchildren live like the world because they have never seen God’s miracles. The next generation needs you to continue conquering so that God’s miracles are not mere stories, but actual experiences.
Are you tired of fighting and want to stop short of your Jordan River? Let me encourage you never to stop short because where you stop is where you will backslide and spiritually die.