Growing with God: A daily devotional with Tonia Slimm.
Joshua 1:10-11 (NIV)
So Joshua ordered the officers of the people: “Go through the camp and tell the people, ‘Get your provisions ready. Three days from now you will cross the Jordan here to go in and take possession of the land the Lord your God is giving you for your own.’”
Joshua 1:10-11 (MSG)
Then Joshua gave orders to the people’s leaders: “Go through the camp and give this order to the people: ‘Pack your bags. In three days you will cross this Jordan River to enter and take the land God, your God, is giving you to possess.’”
“Then Joshua commanded the officers of the people, saying, “Go throughout the camp and command the people, saying, ‘Prepare your provisions, for within three days you are to cross this [river] Jordan, to go in to take possession of the land which the Lord your God is giving you to possess [as an inheritance].’”
Joshua has heard what the Almighty is expecting of him. As soon as God has finished speaking to him we find he immediately gives orders for the people to prepare themselves; it is time to move out.
You can hear the urgency, expectancy and excitement in his statement to the people. “Gather whatever you need because in three days you will pass over the Jordan into the land the Eternal One, your God, has given you to possess. Soon it will be ours.” -(VOICE)
Repeatedly God had told Joshua to be strong and courageous; now we see that he is heeding God’s advice to him.
In this passage we find Joshua giving his administrators (or officers) these instructions to give to the people:
1.) Go through the camp.
2.) Tell the people to do the following.
a.) You will pack your supplies.
b.) In three days you will cross the Jordan.
c.) You will possess the land that the Lord is giving you.
Prepare yourselves. Pack your bags. It is time to go. Notice what Joshua tells the people they will do:
1.) They will prepare themselves.
2.) They will cross the Jordan.
3.) They will take and possess the land.
There were to be no maybes or ifs. They would do these things. Joshua, with God’s help, had set the standard and he expected it to be fulfilled; expecting nothing less.
God has called us to be prepared also. Jesus’ last words to His disciples were Go and Tell. Are you prepared? Are you ready to cross over into the Promise Land? Have you prepared yourself to take possession of the Land?
Jesus warns; “So keep watch. You don’t know when your Lord will come. But you should know this: If the owner of a house had known his house was about to be broken into, he would have stayed up all night, vigilantly. He would have kept watch, and he would have thwarted the thief. So you must be ready because you know the Son of Man will come, but you can’t know precisely when.” -Matthew 24:42-44 (VOICE)
The Apostle Peter warns us with these words; “Everything in the world is about to be wrapped up, so take nothing for granted. Stay wide-awake in prayer. Most of all, love each other as if your life depended on it. Love makes up for practically anything. Be quick to give a meal to the hungry, a bed to the homeless—cheerfully. Be generous with the different things God gave you, passing them around so all get in on it: if words, let it be God’s words; if help, let it be God’s hearty help. That way, God’s bright presence will be evident in everything through Jesus, and he’ll get all the credit as the One mighty in everything—encores to the end of time. Oh, yes!” -1 Peter 4:7-11 (MSG)
The Apostle Paul also reminds us to be prepared and vigilant; “Keep your eyes open, hold tight to your convictions, give it all you’ve got, be resolute, and love without stopping.” -1 Corinthians 16:13-14 (MSG)
Are you ready for the coming of the Lord? Have you followed His command to Go and Tell?
Let us always be prepared!
Lord, help me to remember what you have called me to do; to Go and Tell. I realize that I need to be living in a state of preparedness; ready to go and be with you in Heaven at any point in time. Help me to live my life with my eyes wide open; working toward the goal that you have set before me. Do not let the things of this World distract me from what is truly important, Lord. For I know the time is soon coming for your return; help me to be faithfully doing what you have commanded me to do. I am ready!