The nation of Israel was ready to cross the Jordan River, but the day before they were to do so, their leader, Joshua, told the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you.'” (Joshua 3:5). This wouldn’t be a crossing like we know today. No bridge. No pontoons. No ferry boats. Instead, the Lord commanded Joshua to instruct the priests who carried the ark of the Lord, known as the Ark of the Covenant, to set foot in the Jordan River, at which time, the waters would quit flowing. And they did. Both the priests and the waters. Everyone and creation itself obeyed the Lord. The priests actually stood firm on dry ground – right in the middle of the Jordan–while the whole nation of Israel crossed – on dry ground! It was amazing! Can you imagine?
Consecration. The word literally means to associate with the sacred. awesome! humbling! I want to be associated with the sacred.
It was just a month ago that I was ready to do something I knew I shouldn’t do – something that would not be in obedience to God. Something that would not associate me with the sacred.
“. . .be separate” said the Lord (2 Cor. 6:17). And it was those words, God’s Words, that kept me desirous of consecration. I want to be sacred. His Word tells me that I am God’s temple, and God’s temple is sacred.
So, today, I am praying to be consecrated before you, Lord. I come out today and separate myself from the world so that You may receive me. (2 Cor. 6:17) I want to be consecrated,
and I want You, Lord, to do amazing things tomorrow!