Scripture: Joshua 5:1-15
Observation: When they arrived, the Lord commanded Joshua to have all of the Israelite men circumcised, and Joshua obeyed his instruction. The Israelites then celebrated Passover for the first time in Canaan and began to eat crops, for the manna from heaven was no longer needed. As Joshua neared Jericho, the commander of the Lord’s army appeared to him to give him instruction.
Application: There are two types of people in this world: people who can live out of boxes and people who unpack boxes before they’re even packed. I’m a prompt unpacker (as all good control freaks are).
When I’m in a new place, all I want to do is get my bearings and try to feel some semblance of control. A few weeks ago, our team moved into new office space, and I packed and unpacked on the same day, ready to feel settled.
After crossing the Jordan River, the Israelites were in a new place, too – the land they were promised long ago. Everything felt new, right down to the circumcisions the males all endured (ouch) and the real food they enjoyed (no more manna!).
Despite so much “new,” they didn’t forget the one who brought them there. They weren’t looking for a new God; they knew that the God who led them through the wilderness would lead them through whatever came next.
He brought them here, and he’d get them there.
When the commander of the Lord’s army appeared to Joshua, his response was this:
“’I am at your command,’ Joshua said. ‘What do you want your servant to do?’” (v. 14)
Even in this new place – with new food and festivals and feelings – Joshua relied on the one thing that remained unchanged: God.
When we experience new things in our lives, are we so desperate for a sense of control that we try to figure it out on our own or do we fall down on our face, begging that the Lord who brought us here will lead us into what’s next?
Even in the unknown, God is our known.
Prayer: God, I pray you are in control of my life. No matter what I go through or where I go that feels new, I pray that your presence and faithfulness will remain the same. Amen.