As I read through the Book of Joshua last week I highlighted Joshua 3:5, “Then Joshua said to the people, ‘Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you.’” The nation of
Israel had been
wandering in the desert for forty years in search of the land that God had
promised to Abraham. The time had come
and God was about to show His power and lead them to the land He had
promised. But He
required one thing from His people. He
commanded them to consecrate themselves.
Merriam-Webster defines “consecrate” as a transitive verb meaning “to make or declare sacred; especially: to devote irrevocably to the worship of God by a solemn ceremony.” How often do we seek, no, how often do we expect blessings from God when we have not consecrated ourselves to Him? I would be the first to admit that I am guilty.
I have received His blessings at times when I was not walking in fellowship with Him. I believe that is a demonstration of His grace. But I also believe there is a point where God withholds His blessings until we consecrate ourselves to Him.
We cannot manipulate God with good behavior. He knows our hearts and our good behavior counts for nothing if we are not consecrated to Him. However, when we are consecrated to Him, He will not hesitate to pour his blessing upon His children. Are you seeking God’s blessing? Consecrate yourself to Him and see what wonders He will do in your life.