| PREPARATION |
I don't know about you but whenever I think about Joshua from the Old Testament I kind of picture him as this sidekick type. The Robin, to Moses' Batman. And I'm not saying that's a correct way to view him. I almost wonder if he viewed himself that way.
Joshua was a leader. He followed the Lord whole-heartedly. He had been with Moses since he was a kid. And when Moses died scripture says...
After the death of Moses the Lord’s servant, the Lord spoke to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ assistant. He said, 2 “Moses my servant is dead. Therefore, the time has come for you to lead these people, the Israelites, across the Jordan River into the land I am giving them. 3 I promise you what I promised Moses: ‘Wherever you set foot, you will be on land I have given you....
5 No one will be able to stand against you as long as you live. For I will be with you as I was with Moses. I will not fail you or abandon you.6 “Be strong and courageous, for you are the one who will lead these people to possess all the land I swore to their ancestors I would give them.
So after years and years and years of wandering it was "go time".
And Joshua was going to be the one to lead the charge.
It makes me wonder how many things I've been unknowingly preparing for since childhood. And when will it be "go time"? And when it is "go time" will I be ready?
| PROMISES |
5 Joshua told the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you.”
How amazingly profound is that statement. Joshua told the people to consecrate themselves because TOMORROW the Lord will do amazing things. Not today. Tomorrow. He wanted them to take the day to prepare for what God was going to do tomorrow.
But it wasn't just preparation like, hey go pack your stuff up, gather your belongings. No. It was a command to consecration. To sanctify.
Joshua's command wasn't about the outward work of packing, but the inward work of purification.
The heart of the people needed to be ready to receive the promise.
But why? I wonder if there was a sense of entitlement among the people in regards to this promise. Like, hey we've been waiting and wandering forever, let's just do this thing. And what was once this beautiful promise given by God, was now morphed into a lackluster expectation.
But in that verse, I see God's heart. Do you?
The people under Moses' were called a "grumbling people". They were being led to the promise but their heart wasn't right. It wasn't ready to receive the promise. So they didn't. Generations died off in the journey because of it.
But the God I serve is about redemption.
And He gave them a leader that told them TODAY to consecrate themselves for TOMORROW.
He wanted them to receive the promise that those before them would never see. And in order to receive that promise in the fullness thereof, there was an inward purification that needed to happen.
And because God is more about our heart being right than the perception of our circumstances looking right, I need to daily consecrate myself.
I need to consecrate myself today, for what the Lord is going to do tomorrow, because like the verse said, He's going to do amazing things.