After the Israelites had crossed the Jordan, the Bible tells us that the hearts of the kings of the region melted. Basically, after seeing the power of God, they have given up hope of defeating the Israelites!
But God’s people didn’t begin the war immediately. They took a few days and did some things to show their renewed commitment to God. One of the things they did during this time was to celebrate the Passover. The Passover was (and is) a feast to remember when God protected the first born of every Israelite household while they were still in Egypt. Basically the Angel of death “passed over” their homes. What was different this year was that, for the first time in 40 years, they ate food from the land rather than manna. From this point on the people ate what God provided from the land rather than manna. God still provided for their needs, just in a different way.
What can we learn from the actions of the Israelites? One thing is to stop and prepare before a big life event. Before the Israelites went to war with all the people around them, the wanted to be sure they were right with God. They took the time to be sure all of God’s laws were being followed. They made sure they were spiritually prepared in addition to militarily prepared. They remembered who was really fighting this war and made sure they were following God’s leading. We would do well to follow their lead. Do you take the time to pray before a test or something else hard to do? It really helps to take it to the Lord first. He will bless you with the peace of knowing He is right there through it all!
Discuss ways to spiritually prepare for major events. (Pray, read encouraging scriptures, memorize an applicable verse, etc.)