Wednesday, October 11
601,730 – that was the number of fighting men counted in the second census conducted in the wilderness, just before Moses passed along leadership to Joshua (see Numbers 26). Add to this number: women, children and older men. Now, picture yourself in this massive crowd. Three days ago you all travelled the very last leg of a trip that has lasted more than 40 years! At last, here you are at the shores of the Jordan River – the boundary of the Promised Land you have heard so much about. This is the same Promised Land that your parents aren’t here to see because their fear, discouragement, and lack of trust in God led to their death in the wilderness. What are your thoughts and feelings as you stand on the shore? How big is your faith in God? What are your greatest fears? How do you combat them? Are you ready to see amazing things?
How do you combat your fears? The people were told to watch the ark of the covenant and follow it. This was their physical connection and tie to the Almighty. Inside the ark was the precious Word of God as well as evidence and reminders of just some of the miracles God had already performed on their behalf. How well are you following the Word of God and remembering His miracles. God’s Word has the power to take you where you have never been before – into a deeper and deeper relationship following the Almighty. And remembering His miracles deepens your faith and combats your fears.
How do you prepare yourself to see amazing things? “Joshua told the people, ‘Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD will do amazing things among you’ ” (Joshua 3:5). Consecrated – to be dedicated to a sacred purpose. What purposes are you dedicated to? Work, family, friends, vacation, finances, fun, fame? What consumes your time and your thoughts throughout the day? Those are the purposes that you are dedicated to. In Joshua’s day they proved they were consecrated by following ceremonial laws for washings and other outward evidences that they were set apart for God’s purposes first and foremost. Do you have evidence that you are consecrated to Him? Is your bank account, your calendar, your thought life dedicated to Him? Is your Bible well worn? Does your family, neighbors, co-workers, and peers know that you are consecrated to Him?
God has some amazing things waiting for those who are dedicated to His purposes. Prepare yourself to see them – CONSECRATE yourself to Him.
Go With God – all day long – Marcia Railton