“Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD will do wonders among you.” Joshua iii:5.
The people of Israel were not new to miracles. They had seen miracles everyday during their sojourn through a desert to their Promised Land. At the end of forty years, they were on the verge of stepping into the land of Canaan. There was just one more obstacle in their way – the river Jordan.
The LORD gave His people detailed instructions on how to cross the river. There was no need to build a bridge. The LORD would go ahead of them and part the river. As a visible symbol of His presence, Levite priests would carry the ark of the covenant into the river. This miracle was to assure the new generation of Israelites that Joshua was indeed God’s chosen man to lead them. Besides, the younger generation had to know that the God of their fathers was the only living God, unlike the many gods of the Canaanites.
One of the instructions given to those Israelites was, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD will do wonders among you.” Indeed, they obeyed God and consecrated themselves to serve their God with a whole heart.
This reminds us that we need to separate ourselves wholly for God. We need to cleanse ourselves from all sin and reserve ourselves for God’s service. God is not pleased with our half-hearted devotion. He cannot share space with the ‘idols’ that occupy our lives. Total dedication and undivided devotion are the marks of a consecrated life. When we, the living ‘temples’ of God are thus sanctified, He will dwell in us, walk with us and ahead of us to work wonders. “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD will do wonders among you.”