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Getting Ready to Go (3 of 9)
Joshua 1, 3, 7
As a kid I loved it when the family talked about taking a trip. I remember Dad bringing home road maps of the states we wanted to visit, and in the evening we would spread them on the floor and choose the easiest route and the best places to stop. Of course, like most families, we talked more than we traveled. But occasionally the hoped-for opportunity would come and we'd be off! Do you know how I knew we were actually going? When Mom made preparations to leave. Getting ready to go was the sign--and the best part of the trip! It was also the hardest and most important, often taking longer than the trip itself.
It's the same in the spiritual realm. Preparation is an act of faith. If we really believe God is going to do something, we get ready for it. When we pray for rain we ought to carry an umbrella. In my own spiritual pilgrimage I am discovering that God gives me only what I am prepared to receive.
After God spoke to Joshua, the new leader came away convinced God would go with them and give them the land. He was so certain of this that he ordered the people to get ready for immediate action. God had spoken and preparation was the evidence of their faith in that spoken word.
The Bible says:
Then Joshua commanded the officers of the people, saying, "Pass through the midst of the camp and command the people, saying, 'Prepare provisions for yourselves, for within three days you are to cross this Jordan, to go in to possess the land which the Lord your God is giving you, to possess it... Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you"' (Joshua 1:10, 11; 3:5)
It is the prepared people who possess the land; therefore, we need to examine the preparations required for the trip into Canaan.
A NEW DIET
"Prepare provisions", God said. That's interesting. Here is an entire nation, possibly three million people, about to cross a flooding river, and what is the first thing th ...
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