March 16, 2017

Joshua 1:1-3, 10-11: “1 After the death of Moses the Lord’s servant, the Lord spoke to Joshua son of Nun, who had served Moses: 2 “Moses My servant is dead. Now you and all the people prepare to cross over the Jordan to the land I am giving the Israelites. 3 I have given you every place where the sole of your foot treads, just as I promised Moses.

10 Then Joshua commanded the officers of the people: 11 “Go through the camp and tell the people, ‘Get provisions ready for yourselves, for within three days you will be crossing the Jordan to go in and take possession of the land the Lord your God is giving you to inherit.’”

In the previous devotion, we talked about the clarity of God’s vision. Now, we are looking at God’s timing.  For certain things in life, such as going on a road trip, taking an exam, or cooking a meal, there are necessary preparations. In this passage, the Lord told Joshua to get the people ready to cross the Jordan River because He was going to give them the Promised Land.  

The people were given three days to prepare for this trip. This time was not only used to gather their belongings, but also to prepare their hearts.  The Jordan River wasn’t a quiet, smooth flowing stream….it had a swift current. I’m sure mothers and fathers were concerned for the safety of their families. Some may have worried themselves sick, while others may have dwelt on the ways God had provided for them in the past. Either way, they had a choice in how they spent those three days.  We also have a choice.  Even though we don’t know the exact number of days before a trial comes or when a life-changing moment will happen, God has supplied us with the time and resources right now to equip us for the appropriate time.  How are you spending the time and resources (Scripture, prayer, godly relationships) that He so graciously provided?

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