Posted by: springsinthedesert | October 13, 2009

At The Cross……Your Burdens Rolled Away

Then the LORD said to Joshua, “Today I have rolled away the reproach of Egypt from you.” So the place has been called Gilgal to this day.

             Joshua 5:9

Gilgal is a significant place in the lives of Israelites. After the 40 years of wilderness, they crossed over Jordan and camped in Gilgal, before entering the Promised Land. During their exodus from Egypt to Canaan, God provided them manna everyday, water to drink from the rock, shade in the day and light in the night. In a way, the Israelites did not lack anything. But God is telling them at Gilgal that their reproach is rolled away.

What do you mean by a reproach? It means disgrace, shame and discredit. While the people of Israel were wandering in the wilderness, they carried the reproach and shame of being nobody even though in the past, they were a powerful nation. They had the shame of not receiving the promise of God for 40 years. They had the reproach of disobedience and murmuring. They had the shame of longing to go back to Egypt. Though God provided everything, the sins of Egypt was with them.

Before entering into the promised land, they had to go through a painful experience at Gilgal; the circumcision. It is the place where the pride and strength of the flesh is cut away by the knife of God.

Are you in reproach today? Are you in shame and disgrace? Are you worried that God’s promise is not yet fulfilled? There is a place of Gilgal in your life too, where God will roll away the reproach of Egypt. Before entering into the promised inheritance through Christ, there is a Gilgal where you keep a memorial of what God has done in the past and also a circumcision where you die everyday from your self and live more like Jesus.

When you camp at Gilgal, God rolls away the reproach from you. The shame that you carried all through the wilderness is just rolled away. People might be looking at you to see what God is going to do in your life…You may be fed up of being always judged and misunderstood. You may be ashamed of your past failures. You might be tired of wandering in the desert looking for the promise and waiting for it. Do not be discouraged..there is a day in your life too..where the shame and disgrace is rolled away. That place is at the cross where you trade your shame for the joy of the Lord. Let us be at Gilgal and sing this chorus with a joyful heart.

                At the cross, at the cross where I first saw the light,
                And the burden of my heart rolled away,
                It was there by faith I received my sight,
                And now I am happy all the day!

God Bless,

Rani John


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