Set Apart for Amazing Things
Some days are just normal, huh? Then some days are abnormal. And some days are super-normal. How do you like my made up words?? As Christians, we have been set apart for a different kind of days… a different kind of life, actually. Amazing things and amazing, abundant life!
“Joshua told the people, ‘Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD will do amazing things among you.'”
At the time when Joshua said this to the Israelites, they were finally about to cross over into the Promised Land. They, as a people, had been wandering in the desert for forty years because of their parents’ rebellion toward God. But now, the time had finally come for them to enter. They were going to have to get across the Jordan River which was no quiet stream. It was actually at flood stage at the time. And then, once they got across the river, there would be people that would not want them to come into the land and who would fight them for it. If you are familiar with the story of the Walls of Jericho falling down, they are within days of seeing God make those walls crumble.
Let’s begin looking at our verse:
“Joshua told the people…”
Joshua was the new leader of the nation of Israel, now that Moses had died. God had appointed Joshua to take Moses’ place. The people were still getting used to their new leader.
To consecrate something means to set it apart or save it for God’s use.
Mounce’s Bible Dictionary says, “…that which is distinct from the common or the profane. It usually translates “make holy” (NIV), “sanctify,” or “dedicate.”…”
So this phrase if basically saying “clean up, and get ready to be used by God for His purposes.”
We need to be ready to be used for God’s glory too. As Christians, we need to keep a check on our attitudes and our actions. We need to ask God to reveal to us anything that we need to confess and turn away from. When we ask, He is faithful to reveal, and then when we confess He is faithful to forgive and cleanse us from all unrighteousness – according to 1 John 1:9.
No Fairy Tale
“…’for tomorrow the LORD will do amazing things among you.'”
The amazing thing the LORD did the next day was to stop the flow of the Jordan River at flood stage, the second the priests carrying the Ark of the Covenant touched the water with their first foot. They stood in the river while the entire Nation of Israel crossed on dry land – just like forty years earlier God had done for their parents when they crossed the Red Sea, saving them from the Egyptian army who pursued them.
This is no fairy tale!! It is the truth from God’s Word!
May we be ready for Him to show us where He wants to work through us!
Things to Ponder:
- So, what does God want to consecrate (set apart) your for? What kind of amazing things will He do among or around you?
- As you seek God in what He wants to set you apart for, be ready and journal about it. I feel very deeply that He has called me to do this devotional every weekday. I know I need to continually be checking myself and seeking Him to think and write what He wants me to. So where does He want to use you? It may be something that seems inconsequential like asking someone to meet for coffee or something huge like becoming a foreign missionary.
- Are you where you need to be with God as far as your relationship with Jesus Christ? Have you surrendered your life to Him? That is the starting place for everyone.
- Are you ready for God to do amazing things in and through you? If not, why not?