Have you ever had an awkward type moment? Maybe you’ve said or did something, and it didn’t turn out quite like you anticipated it would. Well, I’ve had my share of them, but one of my favorite awkward moment stories isn’t my own. (How convenient for me.) Several years ago, when I was a kiddo, my Step-mom Alberta and I were at Walmart together. We were doing our thing, shopping away when we ran into a friend of hers. As they chatted for a moment about small talk, Alberta noticed she was a bit rounder in the belly area than last time she saw her, so she asked the question that seemed fitting. When are you due? And the poor woman replied, “I’m not expecting.” Oops!!! Talk about an awkward moment, I mean really, how do you come back from that?? We laugh about it now, but Alberta was mortified and hasn’t asked such questions since then. Lesson learned, never to assume.
Lately, I’ve been going through the book of Joshua and came across another very uncomfortable moment. And let me tell you, it’s a whopper! But even as awkward as it may be, God used it to speak to me and hopefully it speaks to you also.
So in this passage of scripture, Joshua has just led the Israelites miraculously across the Jordan river, on dry ground, and we pick up the story in Joshua 5:2.
At that time the Lord said to Joshua, “Make flint knives and circumcise the Israelite men again.”
Ok, so are you picking up on this incredibly awkward moment? Joshua had to be thinking; you want me to do what? These men are grown, and they are liable to hurt me if I come at them with a flint knife! And I’m sure the Israelite men were thinking, yeah, we’d like to hear from God ourselves on this one. It must have been one awkward moment for everyone.
So what in the world does the circumcision of grown men have to do with us? Well, glad you ask. As I read verse two, it jumped off the page and right into my heart. How sometimes in the process of our promise, God may ask us to do some awkward things. He may ask us to do something that frankly, we don’t want to do, but for us to entirely walk in our promise we have to do the hard things, the not so fun things. Despite how it looks or how we feel about it, we have to learn to obey God’s every word.
Joshua could’ve said no, this is too uncomfortable for me (and for them), but he would’ve forfeited the promise both for himself and the Israelite men (Joshua 5:3-9). We too have the choice to say no thanks to the hard things, but it could be forfeiting our promise and the benefit of others. If things are looking awkward on your journey to the promise, don’t give up. God has a great plan, it may get a little uncomfortable, but your obedience will bring about the blessing, the promise. Don’t quit the process; it will lead you to the promise.
“And through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me.” Genesis 22:18