Joshua 4:19 And the people came up out of Jordan on the tenth day of the first month, and encamped in Gilgal, in the east border of Jericho.
The fact that you say that you are a Christian does not mean that God is with you all the time; that requires a consecrated lifestyle. The scriptures did not repeatedly say in Genesis 39 “the Lord was with Joseph” simply because he was a descendant of Abraham; it was so because he maintained a consecrated lifestyle even while he was in Egypt, which is known for its sin.
Under the leadership of Joshua, the Children of Israel adopted a consecrated lifestyle. The evidence of that was that they chose to camp at Gilgal. It was at Gilgal that the Israelites who were not circumcised during the wilderness, were circumcised. When that was done, God said “this day have I rolled away the reproach of Egypt from off you”. Gilgal therefore represents the place of consecration. It was there that the Children of Israel consecrated themselves to God symbolized by their circumcision. They could have chosen other locations to live but they chose to abide there. The message being communicated to us is to camp at the place of consecration. Do so by living a consecrated lifestyle that honors the word of God.
The consecrated lifestyle did not start when they reached their promised land. It started before crossing the Jordan when Joshua told them to sanctify themselves on the other side of the Jordan. What was different was that when they crossed into their promised land, they chose to make consecration a lifestyle rather than something that was randomly done. It was important that they maintained a consecrated lifestyle because as long as they remained a consecrated people, God was with them.
Once that was the case, they could not lose. The Children of Israel had been around long enough to know that doing the opposite only caused pain. Therefore they maintained their consecration throughout the leadership of Joshua and that generation. But then there arose another generation that knew not God Judges 2:10) and as a result they lost their consecration and it went downhill for them.
Through thick and thin, maintain a consecrated lifestyle by growing in your knowledge of God and choosing to live by Biblical principles.
Lord, purify my heart and make it ever new. Purify my heart, May I be like you. Cleanse me in your blood daily so that I reflect who you are. In Jesus’ name, amen.