Joshua 3:5 AMP
"And Joshua said to the people, sanctify yourselves [that is, separate yourselves for a special holy purpose], for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you."
Setting ourselves apart for the Lord's purposes not only is our calling, but our prerequisite so He can do amazing things in our midst. We simply can't "handle" the holiness of the Lord and what it is He wants to do among us if our hearts aren't ready to receive the wonder appropriately. It's our job to be committed to the Lord's honor, not our own. If we don't purposefully set ourselves apart, shaking off all that binds and getting solidly focused on Him, we might be tempted to think we had something to do with the outcome of the situation, that we somehow had a hand in what He did.
In addition, we have to perceive in our hearts that He will do wonders among us... that regardless of how it looks, He will show up. Think of the priests in Joshua 3, that they would have to walk literally ankle, knee, neck deep in the Jordan before they walked on dry land. Don't miss this...
Joshua 3:13 NLT
"The priests will carry the Ark of the Lord, the Lord of all the earth. As soon as their feet touch the water, the flow of water will be cut off upstream, and the river will stand up like a wall." (emphasis mine).
The river, the text says, was at flood stage... and indeed the water stopped when the priests feet touched the water... but it stopped UPSTREAM, meaning the water was still running with incomprehensible power when they began their walk across carrying, yes, the very presence of the Lord. It didn't stop while they were standing on the bank. It didn't stop until they were in it, and even then, they couldn't seethat the Lord was at work making a way where there was none. But He was.
He was not only making a way, He was making a wonder.
Can you imagine how they felt as they got deeper and deeper before the water slowly began to slow it's torrent and begin it's shallowing? It wasn't until they were in the middle that the miracle came. The middle. The journey to the middle was certainly slippery, balancing His presence and their faith, sliding, feet on unsure ground, pushed on all sides, soaked to the bone ... and then, just like that, the ground was dry. The wall of water pushed back by Providence had arrived. The middle of the walk. The middle of the journey. The middle.
Have you been there? Are you there now? You commit to set your self apart for what He wants, believing all His promises are yes and amen, and then He asks you to walk into a flood-stage situation with His presence and trust Him that He's going to make the deluge of the issue stop, leading you ultimately into the Promised Land of all He has for you?
Yeah, me too.
However, how many times have I looked at a flood and tiptoed in, complaining that it was too cold, or running too fast or too messy or simply looked into it, turned away and said, 'no way'. How many Jordan-Wonders have I missed because I wasn't willing to get neck deep in the thing - in the middle - before the Lord revealed Himself? How many times have I whined to Him about it being hard, when in reality, the flood waters had already been stopped, just slightly out of view. In my haste to focus on me, I wasn't readying myself for Him to move, I was going to miss it; miss the marvel.
Let's be about the business of the Set-Apart-Life... the one that does things differently. Set apart in our choices, our actions, our speech. A set apart life that chooses to follow hard after Christ. The life that looks at floods and sees freedom. The life that knows journeys don't start easy but that dry ground comes with a faith that endures. The one that shakes off the shackles of flesh and filth and instead runs knee deep, neck deep into a torrential flood just to watch the Lord show up. That's the kind of wonders I want to see Him do among us. That's what He's capable of doing in our hearts when we set ourselves apart for Him - when we're willing to go to the middle to experience the miracle.
Tara is Greg's girl, mom to two sons of thunder, a hunger fighter, big dreamer and worship pastor at seacoast church.