Spiritual Preparation For What God Wants To Do
After forty years, God finally told His people it was time to cross the Jordan and take the land He had promised their fathers, Joshua - the one who had succeeded Moses - told them, "Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River." Three days later, the hour of march came. On the eve of that momentous day, Joshua gave them further directions: "Consecrate yourselves," he said, "for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you" (Joshua 3:5).
With the passing of time a language changes. Catch words, idioms, and certain phrases seem to lose their meaning. It is also true that with the passing of time, some great spiritual truths are lost. Perhaps that is what contributes to our ignorance today of what Joshua meant when he said, "Consecrate yourselves...."
Consecration is preparing yourself spiritually for something that God wants to do. It's like transferring ownership of your property to God himself, realizing that He already owns it and wants to use it for a joyous celebration.
There is value in stopping what you are doing for spiritual reflection, inward purification and moral house cleaning. There is no way of knowing whether any of the Israelites regretted the decision to march across the Jordan, but for those who did consecrate themselves to what was before them, it was a joyful experience. They had transferred responsibility for what was ahead to Him who rolled back the waters of Jordan and went before them. Consecration still precedes the awesome, wonderful things that God intends for your tomorrow.
Joshua told the people, "Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you." Joshua 3:5