Growing with God: A daily devotional with Tonia Slimm.
Joshua 3:5 (NIV)
Joshua told the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you.”
Joshua 3:5 (MSG)
Then Joshua addressed the people: “Sanctify yourselves. Tomorrow God will work miracle-wonders among you.”
“Then Joshua said to the people, “Sanctify yourselves [for His purpose], for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders (miracles) among you.” -AMPLIFIED
At the end of chapter two of Joshua we find the spies had left Rahab and followed her directions to go into the mountains. They waited three days before they returned to Joshua to give him their report on the city and people of Jericho. Their words to Joshua were as follows, “There is no doubt that the Eternal One has delivered all the land and its citizens into our hands. Everyone there is scared to death about our coming.” -Joshua 2:24 (VOICE)
Chapter 3 begins with these instructions from Joshua, “Joshua was up early and on his way from Shittim with all the People of Israel with him. He arrived at the Jordan and camped before crossing over. After three days, leaders went through the camp and gave out orders to the people: “When you see the Covenant-Chest of God, your God, carried by the Levitical priests, start moving. Follow it. Make sure you keep a proper distance between you and it, about half a mile—be sure now to keep your distance!—and you’ll see clearly the route to take. You’ve never been on this road before.” -Joshua 3:1-4 (MSG)
We notice that no time is wasted in preparing to cross the Jordan or to prepare to enter into the Promised Land. Instructions are given to the people on what was to expected of them. The tribe leaders went through the camp giving these instructions, “Tomorrow, you will know it is time to go when you see the Levite priests carrying the covenant chest of the Eternal One, your God. Follow the chest so that you will know where you’re supposed to go because you have not been this way before. But stay about half a mile away from it. Don’t come any nearer than that as you march.” -Joshua 3:4 (VOICE)
We then find Joshua addressing the people, “Everyone prepare yourself and get yourself purified and ready; for tomorrow the Lord God is going to do amazingly awesome things among you.” -Tonia’s Translation
The people were to purify themselves for an encounter with God. We see something significant in this text; Joshua informing the people that they were to be expectantly looking for the great things that God was going to do among them. Expectantly; eagerly, actively, hungerly, or hopefully looking for something.
King David wrote many words on waiting expectantly on God:
*”Still I wait expectantly for You, O Eternal One—knowing You will answer me in some way, O Lord, my True God.” -Psalm 38:15 (VOICE)
*”In the morning, O Eternal One, listen for my voice; in the day’s first light, I will offer my prayer to You and watch expectantly for Your answer.” -Psalm 5:3 (VOICE)
*”Indeed, none of those who [expectantly] wait for You will be ashamed;
Those who turn away from what is right and deal treacherously without cause will be ashamed (humiliated, embarrassed).” -Psalm 25:3 (AMP)
*”We wait [expectantly] for the Lord; He is our help and our shield. For in Him our heart rejoices, because we trust [lean on, rely on, and are confident] in His holy name. Let Your [steadfast] lovingkindness, O Lord, be upon us, in proportion as we have hoped in You.” -Psalm 33:20-22 (AMP)
God desires to do great things for His children. I wonder if we are expectantly looking for those wonders, miracles, and amazing things that He wants to do for us. There is great hope and joy in looking for and eagerly anticipating what God is about to do in our lives. Too many Christians are just floating through life and whatever comes their way they take; there is no joy, no hope, no expectancy.
- “…if we wait expectantly for things we have never seen, then we hope with true perseverance and eager anticipation.” -Romans 8:25 (VOICE)
- “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Eternal, “plans for peace, not evil, to give you a future and hope—never forget that.” -Jeremiah 29:11 (VOICE)
- “The Lord is good to those who wait hopefully and expectantly for Him, to those who seek Him [inquire of and for Him and require Him by right of necessity and on the authority of God’s word].” -Lamentations 3:25 (AMPC)
Let us be looking expectantly and hopefully for the good things that God wants to do in our lives!
Lord, forgive me for living a lackadaisical life. As your child, you desire me to be living a life of expectancy; seeking and looking for the great things that you are about to do. Fill me with your hope, joy and eager anticipation. For you are about to do great and good things for your children in this life-time. Let me be hopefully looking forward to them and do not let me slide into a life of hopeless and discouragement. Your plans for my life a for a hope and a future. Help me to never forget that, Lord.