Day 5: Joshua 3
Joshua 3 gives us an incredible account of the Israelites crossing the Jordan River.
I can only think of one phrase worthy of titling today’s devotion and that is this:
God makes the way, are you ready to follow?
If we are honest with ourselves we can be guilty of allowing all manner of things to lead us in our life when really the only safe navigation through anything is simply by following God’s leading.
Joshua commands that the priests who are carrying the Ark of the Covenant (which was the visual representation of God’s presence with His people) to lead the way across the flooded Jordan River. Joshua knew that this wasn’t as much a physical problem of a flooded river but a spiritual adventure into the Promised Land. Any obstacle had to be dealt with spiritually.
So Joshua commands the people in verse 5:
Joshua told the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you.”
Consecrate means to set yourself apart. Another word for it is Sanctification. It is key for any spiritual battle that we are spiritually prepared by taking time out to focus simply on God. Preparation really isn’t a task anyone enjoys doing but preparation is the only way to ensure a lack of mess in life. We are guilty of living messy, up and down lives simply by our lack of willingness to prepare spiritually for what God is wanting to do in us and through us. And as Joshua says these are amazing things.
Amazing outcomes take amazing preparation. I’m not married but I’ve played Best Man on a few occasions and I know that without the preparation that goes into a wedding day, there is a major risk of things not going to plan.
Here’s an example I’m confident with: Plastering. If I don’t take the time to a prep a room and make sure the furniture is covered and the carpet protected then I will make such a mess that people won’t even look at the freshly plastered wall, they will always remember the mess.
If we are really serious about God doing amazing things through as as Christians and seeing people come to know Jesus and lives transformed in our towns then we better be willing to prepare spiritually.
• Create time to be alone with God.
• Spend time praying.
• Throw off the things that hinder you.
• Re-centre your priorities.
• Seek to please God above pleasing others.
• Desire to grow in the likeness of Christ.
The amazing end to this chapter is the crossing on dry land. A truly miraculous event. The water up stream stopped flowing and the Israelites were able to cross safely without even getting wet feet.
Here is the key:
God led the way.
The Ark of God was absolutely central. It was the focal point, it was the guide. The only way we can defeat the impossible in our lives is to look to Jesus, be obedient to His leading and for us to be prepared and ready to follow.
Ps Ed Winbow
Penrith Campus Pastor