Concentrate on Consecration

Wendy Pope

Day: 3 | Plan: Joshua-Judges

Today's Reading: Joshua 3

Joshua 3:5 (NIV) Joshua told the people, ‘Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD will do amazing things among you.’”

Several years ago I was in a spiritual slump. My spirit longed to see God move in my life, yet my walk with Him seemed to have slowed to a crawl. What’s wrong, Lord? Why can’t I sense You as I once did? During this time, my daily Bible reading found me in Joshua chapter three. As I read our key verse I knew what God was requiring of me: To see God move mightily in my life, my life must move mightily toward God.

Finally, the day the nation of Israel had been waiting for arrived! The Israelites were likely consumed with anticipation, and quite possibly a small measure of fear. As their minds pondered the journey to the Promised Land, Joshua gave instructions on how they should prepare their hearts: Joshua told the people, ‘Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD will do amazing things among you’” (Joshua 3:5).

In order to consecrate something, it must be separated from anything unclean that would contaminate it. During the time this command was given, the people knew they were to avoid certain foods, refrain from sexual relations and they needed to bathe and change clothes. Water was considered a luxury so using it for personal hygiene wasn’t typical. Taking a bath and changing clothes symbolized cleansing and purity.

We know the “how” of our key verse, now let’s see the “why.”

Purifying ourselves aligns our hearts with God’s heart. When our hearts are aligned with the heart of God, our eyes will be open to see and experience the wonders He desires to do among us.

To prepare my heart, God instructed me to stop watching a certain late night television show. I disobeyed for several weeks. The longer I ignored His nudging, the further I felt from God. When I finally obeyed, it was as if scales were wiped from my eyes. I could “see” God at work everywhere. My pulse raced with joy as I experienced His work in my life with freshness.

I have to imagine the pulse of every Israelite raced as they watched the priests approach the cresting Jordan. The moment they stepped forward, the water receded and the riverbed dried to allow for safe and mud-free passage. God’s people obeyed, and they observed an amazing sight.

Removing contaminants from our relationship with God isn’t easy but so worthwhile. When we concentrate on consecration, we can experience God in ways we could only dream or imagine. What if seeing God do amazing things around you depended on your dedication to consecration?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I dedicate myself to You. With fear and trembling I commit myself to things You require of me. I long to see the wonders You will do around me. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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