Recently, I was privileged to take part in a “National Day of Prayer” observance in Delaware. Arriving early afternoon on the day of the event I decided to do some investigating of the fair state. As I researched the history and origin of the State of Delaware I discovered that in 1610 the Dutch Ship Captain, Samuel Argall was blown off course by a storm. He landed in an unknown bay of a new land, naming it in honor of his Dutch Governor De La Warr (Now known as Delaware).

Eleven years after the landing of the Pilgrims at Plymouth, the people of Delaware formed the “first white settlement”. Later from this settlement would come over four thousand men who would volunteer for the American Revolutionary Army.  From the third smallest State in our Union today, the people of Delaware became the first signers of our Constitution as well as the first to form the first 13 Colonies of the new Nation. I realized that the people of Delaware, by their very historical “DNA”, were “First Responders”.


First responders are those who are prepared to meet the moment’s crisis or emergency with abandoning courage. They are the first at the scene of a catastrophe,be it a fire or medical emergency. They are the first to put their lives at risk in order to rescue and give aid and assistance to others. While other emergency services are on their way to figure out “What has happened?” and “What can be done to help?” the First responders who have been trained with special skills for such a call spring into action, saving and rescuing as many lives as they possibly can while help is on the way.


In the Book of Joshua (Chapters 3- 5) we have a new generation of “First Responders”. Moses has passed into eternity(Buried by God). The generation that came out of Egypt(saving for Joshua & Caleb’s family) have died in the forty years of wilderness journeys. How will they enter the land of their inheritance?   It will take a new leader with new initiative skills and a new Army to crossover into the land that God has promised them.


The Lord God knew that this new generation was not ready to face the daunting task of vanquishing the enemies of the land to occupy this new territory. They needed preparation that was first and foremost moral and spiritual in nature. They were to cleanse their garments and be ready on the third day to follow the priests bearing the Ark of the Covenant into the waters of the Jordan(See Joshua 2-4).

Cleansing their garments were indicative of a heart change; purposing to follow the Lord God wholeheartedly. They must keep their eyes on the Ark of God. This was to acknowledge His lead in this new venture.

God is raising up a new generation of “First Responders” who are having a change of heart toward Him. They recognize that without His lead they will neither secure the benefits nor fulfill the assignments given them in this season. They recognize that their true Guide is Yeshua(Jesus) their Messiah who declared,“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me”(John 14:6 NIV).

 Crossing over into a new place in God comes only as you are prepared to follow the Lamb wherever He leads.


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