Wednesday, September 13 – Joshua 5:8-9

Sep 12, 2023

Now when they had finished circumcising all the nation, they remained in their places in the camp until they recovered. Then the Lord said to Joshua, “Today I have rolled away the shame of Egypt from you.” So the name of that place is called Gilgal to this day.

 

We might struggle with obedience for a variety of reasons. We might be asked to do something we don’t want to do or to do something that is hard. Sometimes we struggle with both. This instruction God gave to Joshua was not easy. It required time, sacrifice, and pain. God’s instruction is not always easy to receive. Identifying the parts of us that are selfish and hard-hearted can be a painful process. When we dive into our faith, laying our desires down and following Jesus, we take up a new nature. We no longer live for ourselves and what feels most comfortable to us—we live for God and do what He calls us to each day.

 

Jesus said to His disciples in Matthew 16:24-26, “If anyone wants to come after Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. For what good will it do a person if he gains the whole world, but forfeits his soul? Or what will a person give in exchange for his soul?” The call of God is not easy—it is often painful and requires sacrifice. But when we lay our lives down at the feet of Jesus, we take up the life of Christ, who is the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6). We can trust that life with Him outweighs the momentary pain of obedience. When the people of Israel committed themselves to Him, God took away their old identity and their shame. He started their journey to the promise land with a new reminder of who He is. In Christ, the shame of our past is washed away as we walk in new life. Growing in our faith may be a painful process but because of Jesus, we have a new identity and hope in those moments of pain.

 

  • How have you experienced painful moments as you’ve sought to die to yourself and follow Jesus?
  • What are some challenges you have had as you have tried to grow in your faith?
  • Pray and ask God to open your eyes to areas where you need to trust His direction over your own.
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