The name Gilgal comes from the Hebrew language, meaning ‘to roll.’ After Joshua had yielded to the commandment of God to circumcise Israel, God said that He had rolled away the reproach of Egypt, and the place where He had done this was called Gilgal ever since. Joshua 5:9 When the Israelites crossed the Jordan on a dry ground, they settled in Gilgal.
Gilgal was the army garrison headquarter of the Israelites when they entered in to the Promised Land. Commands for the next line of action in the Promised Land flowed from Gilgal, to the Israelites. When they were about to attack the Jericho city, the directive of the Lord came to Joshua in Gilgal. It was in Gilgal that the Israelites kept their first Passover in the Promised Land. It was in Gilgal that manna ceased when the people of God eat the fruit of the land. It was in Gilgal that Joshua encountered the captain of the Host of God received directive from Him. “… Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, Art thou for us, or for our adversaries? And he said, Nay; but as captain of the host of the LORD am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, What saith my lord unto his servant? And the captain of the LORD’S host said unto Joshua, Loose thy shoe from off thy foot; for the place whereon thou standest is holy. And Joshua did so.” (Joshua 5:13-15)
Beloved, pause for a while and reflect about what Gilgal represented to the Israelites. At Gilgal the Israelites hung the bags of sins, failures, and defeats. God rolled away their reproaches. They made their crooked paths straightened. They smoothened their rough edges. They took an olive branch with the Lord and settled for the mantle of salvation. The murmuring had stopped and the children of God were now cooperating fully with the appointed leaders. The old ways of life of the Israelites stopped when they got to Gilgal and their new ways of life began in Gilgal.
In the life of every Christian, there is a Gilgal. The Cross of Calvary is our Gilgal. It is the place where we counted the cost of our salvation and say bye-bye to Satan in order to welcomed Jesus Christ into our hearts and follow Him. It is the place where we ended the romance of the flesh and ushered in the new beginning of the sweet fellowship of the Holy Spirit in the newness of life with our Lord Jesus Christ.
Gilgal is the place we recognize God as our Father and He recognizes and embraces us as His sons and daughters. It is the place we put the world behind us and take the first step towards eternity. It is the place where we look unto Jesus Christ the author of our lives without any consideration of rivalry of any kind whatsoever in our hearts. It is the place where we are ready to possess our possession as the joint heir with our Lord Jesus Christ. It is the place we say unequivocally, “Forward ever and backward never!” If you have not got to this Gilgal in your wilderness experience on earth, it is time to summon on courage and put the Jordan behind you in order to set your affection to things above. Your Gilgal is that place where you are one-on-one with Jesus Christ in repentance and intercessory prayer. In your Gilgal this day, your reproaches had been rolled away. Take up the mantle of salvation and get ready to journey on into your Promised Land to possess your inheritance of eternity.
Prayer: O Lord, at last I found that you are closer to me than the way I always imagine. Gilgal is the place where I begin the brand new journey into my inheritance. Heavenly Father, grant me the grace to make good use of my new unique and unfolding experience with you in my Gilgal, in Jesus name.