Then Joshua said to the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD will do wonders among you.” – Joshua 3:5
Recently I heard a message by Erwin McManus, Pastor of Mosaic in Los Angeles.
Actually, I first heard the podcast a short while ago, and then watched it on youtube more recently.
Of the many good points he always makes, two stood out during this talk. If God had done something for you once, it is not a “wonder” when He does it again.
Secondly, we must be “consecrated”, be set aside, be prepared, for God to do something.
This passage precedes God parting the Jordan for the Israelites to walk through. God parted the Red Sea earlier, but Moses was Leader then, so this was proof that Joshua was now God’s choice to lead the people.
With Moses, God told him to “stretch out his staff while standing on the shore”, and the water stacked up and the ground was dry.
With Joshua, God told him to have the priests walk into the Jordan River carrying the arc, and then the water was stopped.
That would take great faith, walking into the Jordan River, carrying the arc of God by the poles on your shoulders, without touching the arc at all.
I am attempting to imagine taking steps of faith like that. Think of being the Priests who are leading the procession. Joshua comes along and says “our God is going to clear the way for us to walk across the Jordan River here, but you guys are leading us, and you have to walk into the river first, then God will stop the River for us”.
What is a possible first reaction, they could say, “we heard God made a path through the Red Sea for our forefathers, with Moses leading, but nobody had to get wet,” or, “Hey Joshua, you are our leader, why don’t you walk into the River first.”
It would not take as much faith to hold a staff towards the water, as to walk into the water, believing it would dry up.
Where is my ( our ) faith level? Our God is the same God. If God says to do something, even if it is something I have not seen, or heard of God doing before, I want to go for it. I want to step out and get my feet wet, trusting the God of my Salvation, that what He says He will do.
This means I have a responsibility to be clean before God. I have a responsibility to be in a close relationship with God. I have a responsibility to be listening to God. This means to be in His Word and in Prayer, because these are the predominant way God will speak to us. At times we will hear through another person, and God will confirm it in His Word. We need to be listening at all times, even for the voice of God to speak directly into our spirit.
This is a new day, new exciting times, for trusting our Heavenly Father, His Son and our Saviour Jesus Christ, and the Person of Holy Spirit to guide us to new levels in life, in worship, in service, in sharing the Gospel of Christ.