Tuesday, August 29 – Joshua 3:5-6

Aug 28, 2023

Then Joshua said to the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do miracles among you.” And Joshua spoke to the priests, saying, “Take up the ark of the covenant and cross over ahead of the people.” So they took up the ark of the covenant and went ahead of the people.

 

Before any long journey, comes a time of preparation. Backpackers need physical and mental preparation for the time they will go without many of the amenities they are used to, like bathrooms and running water. They also must consider potential unknowns, like wild animals or rough terrain. The beginning of their journey must begin with an acceptance that many things in the wild are out of their control. The Israelites had prepared for this journey—for generations, they heard about the land promised to them. Even still, before they embarked on the journey Joshua told them to “consecrate” themselves, which meant to set apart for the Lord or dedicate themselves to Him.

 

This step is also important for our relationship with God as it reminds us that every battle is the Lord’s, and every victory is for His glory. It prepares us to trust Him with the unknowns as we go on our way. As we begin a new school year and move toward a new season of fall, are we dedicating ourselves to God? Have we asked Him what He would like to do through us this semester in our home, at church, at work, or at school? Consecrating ourselves to God means shifting our mindset to Him instead of ourselves, trusting Him in the mountains and valleys, and expecting Him to work in our lives.

 

  • How much do you usually prepare for a new journey or a new season of life? Why?
  • How might God be calling you to consecrate yourself as you enter the next season of life today?
  • Pray as way of consecrating your day and all its activities to the Lord, reminding yourself that it is all for His glory.

 

 

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