As a read in Joshua, I am reminded of God’s Presence….. In Joshua 1, the Lord says over and over again to be strong and courageous. He cautions us to obey His Word, to meditate on it day and night, not turning from in, and that prosperity is the fruit that comes.
In Joshua 3, Joshua tells the people to consecrate themselves. CONSECRATE: (v) set apart, dedicated to the service of a deity. The arc of the covenant, which held God’s written commands and evidence of His provision in the wilderness, would go before them and they were to follow. The arc of the covenant was the physical representation of the Living God’s presence amidst His people. Holy, revered……. to be handled with specific , delicate, reverent care. Further he tells them the Lord will do amazing things among them. The priests (the intercessors between God and the people, for repentance) stood on dry ground as they moved forward to cross the Jordan river….DRY GROUND!! This was Holy ground… it was miraculous…. only explainable because of GOD doing something that otherwise could not happen apart from Him….
And so I think about what that means TODAY.… Jesus Christ interceded on my behalf to settle the debt of sin. The Spirit of the Living God lives within the life of EVERY believer — HIS PRESENCE resides within ME!! His presence is with me EVERYWHERE I go; into every new and unknown place, every battle, every promised land, every season of my life. His presence gives assurance of His miraculous ability, reminds me that where I stand is dry and Holy ground! There is NO FEAR in His perfect love…no giant He cannot defeat nor battle He has not already won… I can look at the history of accounts of ALL the Lord has done… from the beginning of recorded time to my own journey through life. He is FAITHFUL!!
And so I choose….. will I walk with reverent confidence as He calls me into unknown seasons, unknown lands, unknown relationships? What about the known lands and seasons I am currently in? Will I be dedicated to living my life, day-by-day, to the service of what HE calls me to? Will I love others as He has called me to? Will I let go of the offenses of others and trust Him to resolve the war within the hearts of others? Will I simply honor Him as I interact with every element of the life He has given me? Will I reflect who He is to this world, being salt and light? Will I remember all He has done and dwell on His character and trust Him? Will I remember that this life is NOT about me at all, but about HIM?