“Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD will do amazing things among you.” Joshua 3:5
What this says to me is that I must care more about what God thinks and wants, over what people think and want. I must die to self. I must say like Jesus, “not my will, but your will be done.” (Luke 22:42).
Because our daughter was born with a bilateral cleft lip and palate, she endured several years of surgeries, speech pathologists, Ear, Nose, and Throat doctors, and vast array of medical appointments. Each time she went into surgery, I had to let go. Let go of my need to protect her. I had to trust God, trust that He would take care of our sweet girl. I had to trust that He would work through the surgeon, and all attending medical staff. It was imperative each time that I not lean on my own understanding, but that I would choose to relinquish control to God.
Prayer anchored me as I said, “your will Father.” I always believed for successful surgeries and recoveries. I usually did this through a flood of tears. This process took place over 19 years.
So, whether we walk through seasons of trial, or we are choosing His will in the daily matters of life; we consecrate ourselves to God each time we choose His Word, and or the leading of Holy Spirit. We choose not to insist on our own way.
Let us join our prayers with the Psalmist who prayed, “Create in me a clean heart O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” (Psalm 51:10). We need a right spirit to enable us to choose God’s way over our own. This is important because there are many times when something seems right to us, but it may not be what God desires.
And now may you experience “great things among you,” as you consecrate yourself by choosing God’s way over your own.
P.S. The surgeries were all successful and after one of the surgeries, God performed a miracle! That as they say, is a story for another day.