The BIBLE states, “And Joshua rose early in the morning; and they removed from Shittim and came to Jordan, he and all the children of Israel, and lodged there before they passed over.” (Joshua 3:1)
BRING IT DOWN ON HOME:
There is nothing but truth in the WORD of GOD and that truth runs through all generations even beyond the return of our Lord JESUS! Why? God said, “My Word will last forever!”
With a heavy hand, the Lord GOD brought Israel out of bondage in Egypt and the Lord GOD placed Prophet Moses as their leader. Before Moses’ death, the Lord GOD chose Joshua (the son of Nun) to lead His people into the Promised Land.
So, we find these people at the cross roads similar to the position they faced with Prophet Moses. Say what? Under Moses, they crossed the Red Sea on dry land and they were baptized in the Red Sea as they crossed! Unfortunately, Pharaoh and his army drowned in the Red Sea! Under Joshua, they faced another dilemma with water but this time Pharaoh wasn’t after them. However, the people of the land hated the Children of Israel and wished them dead – so the same devil was against them!
When you really listen to the voice of the Lord GOD, you will obey HIM. Prophet Joshua obeyed the Lord GOD as he, “…rose up early in the morning…” If you’re a sleepy head, you may miss golden opportunities as they say, “…the early bird catches the worm…” Here are a few examples of blessed worms out there for you: There may be job opportunities but you will never know if you stay in bed with your head covered under the blankets! There may be a promotion on the job but you will never know if you don’t seek out opportunities for advancement which may dictate you’re going back to school! There may be a young man or young woman in love with you but you’ll never know it if you don’t communicate your love for him or her! There may be people oppressing you or dictating or giving you the wrong advice for your life but they will never know it unless you stand up for your rights!
Check this out:
(1) You’ve got to get up early which means you’ve got to go to bed on time which means to prepare the night before or you ain’t gonna be ready the next day. Find yourself sober and alert (without alcohol, drugs, and/or surfing the Internet) and get ready by making a list of things to do, turning on two alarm clocks, setting out your clothes and shoes, get your lunch and beverage ready, make certain earlier in the day the car has gas and/or your transportation is in place. For example, if you cannot find your socks and shoes, a certain blouse, skirt, pants, scarf, or sweater (especially the one which matches your outfit), it may take you 30 minutes or longer to look for them and you will be late!
(2) Be prepared to remove yourself from your mess and from toxic people! The Children of Israel were camped in Shittim for about three days and Shittim was considered a “DRY LAND and a BARREN VALLEY” in Jordan. In fact, it was the last place where the Children of Israel camped before entering into Palestine (the Promised Land). If you’re living in Shittim, then GET UP and GET OUT! Take a good look at your surroundings and the people in your life. Is it dry, rotten, dangerous, barren, void, and without fertility? If you ain’t growing and your labor is unfruitful, something is wrong. YOU NEED TO MAKE A CHANGE especially if you’ve been camped for 10, 15, 20, 30, 40, 60 years in Shittim (mess).
(3) Be prepared to pass over into the blessed land and/or a better environment which GOD has prepared for you. In other words, once you leave Shittim be prepared to get into a safe zone – prepared strictly for you and yours away from mess and chaos! Frankly, you may have to leave home, a city, state, or your native country to find a safe haven and/or a new beginnings. Whatever you do, don’t go back to Shittim as it represents agony, destruction, pain, and unfruitfulness for you! Please do not think that “change” is easy because it is not. Look at the horrible things the Children of Israel went through to get to the Promised Land. Because of their disobedience, the Israelites brought many tribulations upon themselves.
In summary, you and I have a guaranteed insurance policy because the Lord GOD said, “LO, I am with you even until the end…” Therefore, “RISE UP EARLY!” to receive your blessings.
Have a Blessed Day!