As the mantle of servant of God shifted from Moses to Joshua, God continued to do amazing wonders among His people. Joshua heard God's instructions before amazing things came to pass, and he told the Israelites to prepare themselves. What they are preparing for is battle with their enemies, but you wouldn't really know that just by reading the few verses around this one. It looks like they were preparing themselves for worship.
Joshua tells the people to "consecrate" themselves. Consecration refers to making something holy. The Israelites were to make themselves holy, or set themselves apart. How were they to do this? With all the words that were given and spoken to Moses in the Law. The instruction at the beginning of Joshua is to meditate on God's Law, and to follow it fully and carefully. The people probably busied themselves with washings and ceremonies, but the heart of consecration is remembering what God said, and carrying out His instructions faithfully. A life of obedience is worship that consecrates us, preparing us to experience the amazing things that God will do among us.
I wonder how many amazing things of God I missed or was not able to see because I had not prepared myself to see it. If I am not walking in obedient worship, then I will never take that next step in obedient worship that will lead to seeing God do amazing things in my life.
This is a call to live a holy life wholly given over to God. This puts us right in God's will, and positions us to see His wonders!
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