“I just wanted to slap them upside the head!”
At least that was the thought going through my mind a few days ago.
My wife and I had a chance to catch a movie. In the theater with popcorn. It is certainly a nice but rare occasion for us.
In the row right in front of us were some teenage girls. And they talked. LOUDLY!!!
After getting shushed at a number of times, they finally left. My wife said later that she would like to see that movie again because she missed parts due to the noise.
Those girls paid the admission price just as my wife and I did. They had a right to be in the movie. Popcorn was available for them as well.
But their attitude and mindset were very different from ours. Travel with me back to our story in Joshua 3.
Here are the first 4 verses to catch you up in case you missed my last few posts.
“1Early in the morning Joshua and all the Israelites set out from Shittim and went to the Jordan, where they camped before crossing over. 2After three days the officers went throughout the camp, 3giving orders to the people: “When you see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, and the Levitical priests carrying it, you are to move out from your positions and follow it. 4Then you will know which way to go, since you have never been this way before. But keep a distance of about two thousand cubitsa between you and the ark; do not go near it.””
So here they are, just east of the Jordan river. How were they going to cross over?
The three ideas we have explored so far from Joshua 3. Click each for a new window.
What is the next step?
Verse 5 explains exactly what that next step is for the Israelites:
5Joshua told the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you.”
One verse with two parts. Part two is for next time.
But I will speak to the first part. Joshua (relaying what God had already told him), told the people to “Consecrate yourselves…”
The hebrew transliteration is qadash, which is pronounced kaw-dash’.
This word is a verb. God wanted the people to consecrate themselves.
They had action to take. They were to set themselves apart from the world.
The word simply means set apart. Set apart for a specific purpose.
Think about the million or so people waiting to cross the Jordan. Were they ready for this message? Which ones were committed to serving Jehovah? We don’t really get those details but I am sure that there are some who were just part of the crowd.
Just part of the crowd. Am I part of the crowd? I think those girls at the movie the other night would have been “just part of the crowd.”
For me, I want to be counted in the committed.
Set apart for a specific purpose. Yep, that sounds better than just hanging out in a crowd.
Are you committed? Or are you part of the crowd?
If we let go, trust God and put Him first, then being committed is easy.
Start today. Wherever you are with God, start there. He has not moved.
And just a little encouragement to take with you:
That huge river you see in front of you? God created it. And it’s not too big for Him.