I had to read Joshua 5:7-8 several times this morning. “Now all the people that came out were circumcised: but all the people that were born in the wilderness by the way as they came forth out of Egypt, them they had not circumcised. For the children of Israel walked forty years in the wilderness, till all the people that were men of war, which came out of Egypt, were consumed, because they obeyed not the voice of the Lord: unto whom the Lord sware that he would not shew them the land, which the Lord sware unto their fathers that he would give us, a land that floweth with milk and honey.And their children, whom he raised up in their stead, them Joshua circumcised: for they were uncircumcised, because they had not circumcised them by the way. And it came to pass, when they had done circumcising all the people, that they abode in their places in the camp, till they were whole.”
This scripture has really stood out to me because of the decision, commitment, this generation made. What a sacrifice they each had to make for themselves. Their parents had not been obedient and now as they were older they had to make the decision to be obedient for themselves.
This one decision would leave them and the whole camp vulnerable. They had heard the story of how a whole city was destroyed because of their decision. I’m sure that was on their minds as they each came to be circumcised. But the city in Genesis 34 made this decision out of greed but the hearts of the men in Joshua chapter 5 made this decision out of obedience. Obedience to their God.
What is in my heart that holds me back from being completely obedient to my God? Anger, greed, pride. It is good for me to reflect upon my own relationship with God and circumcise that which is not obedient to God.