SUP With Me: Words of Inspiration
Joshua 3:5 KJV
5And Joshua said unto the people, Sanctify yourselves: for to morrow the LORD will do wonders among you.
As the leader of the Israelites, Joshua had been assured that the Lord would guide him in providing direction and leadership for their journey into the promised land. Just as the Lord spoke to Moses, He also spoke to Joshua of the miracles and wonders He would perform for them along the way. Joshua had no hesitation or doubt that God was ordering his and the Israelites’ steps.
Joshua displayed a confidence through his leadership, the kind that could only come with knowing the desired end result was promised and true. We too, can witness this manifestation of God’s works in our own lives. However, there was a requirement that had to be completed; a task that would prepare or make ready, the people of Israel. Joshua directed the people to, “Sanctify (or consecrate) yourselves: for to morrow the LORD will do wonders among you.”
This wasn’t the first time the Israelites were consecrated along this journey. Moses was instructed to do the same prior to the third day when the Lord would come before them in a dense cloud. At that time, the Lord used His work to build the Israelites trust in Moses as their leader, assuring them that he was indeed being led by God.
9And the LORD said unto Moses, Lo, I come unto thee in a thick cloud, that the people may hear when I speak with thee, and believe thee for ever. And Moses told the words of the people unto the LORD.
10And the LORD said unto Moses, Go unto the people, and sanctify them to day and to morrow, and let them wash their clothes,
11And be ready against the third day: for the third day the LORD will come down in the sight of all the people upon mount Sinai.
Again, consecration came before a mighty work of the Lord as Joshua prepared them for movement across the Jordan river. We must approach everything involving God correctly. Consecration and preparation is needed prior to God completing His great works among, through and in us. Consecration means to be associated with sacredness or sincere dedication to special purpose. Due to man’s defilement, we can not operate or be used in the manner that God desires for us to, unless we our consecrated; made Holy in the sight of the Lord.