Day 7: Joshua 5:1-12
Welcome to week 2 of our devotional series ‘Moving Forward’ through the book of Joshua. Last week we ended with the Israelites finally stepping foot on the promised land, after the incredible miracle of the river Jordan opening up for them to cross.
Today we look at Joshua 5. The title of the chapter could raise a few eye brows, but when you get past the sniggering and embarrassment there’s so much we can learn from the 12 verses.
So, right now before you continue, spend a few moments reading this chapter, but only up to verse 12 as verse 13 will continue tomorrow… It’s ok I’ll wait!
Interesting isn’t it?
Ok, here are my thoughts.
- Moving forward requires a ‘cut off’.
For the Israelites to be properly called God’s people and build a new nation under God’s royalty and rule, they were going to need to get back to basics.
For this to happen an entire generation of men were needed to get circumcised. God made the original rite of circumcision with Abraham as a sign of cutting off the old life and beginning a new life with God (Gen17:13). Whereas other cultures use it as a sign of adulthood, only Israel used it as a sign of following God.
As we look forward to moving in to new areas in our lives, whether that be relationships, jobs, decisions, etc, the question is “what needs to be ‘cut off’ so that we can move forward in this new season with a closer relationship God?”
Maybe it’s a certain pattern of thought that needs to be cut off, or a relationship that needs be stopped. Certain interactions you have on social media that needs to be severed.
What to needs to be ‘cut off’ in you life today?
- Moving forward requires big boy steps.
Verses 11 & 12 says…
The day after the Passover, that very day, they ate some of the produce of the land: unleavened bread and roasted grain. The manna stopped the day after they ate this food from the land; there was no longer any manna for the Israelites, but that year they ate the produce of Canaan.
God had supplied manna to the Israelites during their 40 years in the desert. In the promised land they no longer needed this daily food supply because the land was ready for planting and harvesting.
The Israelites went from being spoon feed, to now planting and growing their own food. Their faith for manna in the wilderness was going to be the same faith that they would need for success in the new nation.
They had to now start to take big boy steps of faith. Not just waiting for God to supply their needs. They were going to need faith and works. As it says in the new testament ‘faith without works is dead.’
Moving forward into a new season with God is going to take big boy steps of faith. Believing that God will come through when we need him to. Not just sat around waiting for God to turn up.
Today, start taking big boy steps of faith that will cause you trust like you’ve never known before.
Ps Richard McGuinness