Joshua 5:8-9, “And it came to pass, when they had done circumcising all the people, that they abode in their places in the camp, till they were whole. And the LORD said unto Joshua, This day have I rolled away the reproach of Egypt from off you. Wherefore the name of the place is called Gilgal unto this day.”
This event tested the faith of the Israelites. Having crossed the river in plain sight of their enemies, they have a surgery from which one does not simply hop up and go to battle. While Israel recovered from the surgery, they were vulnerable to their enemies. Keep this in mind: it is more important to be vulnerable to our opposition than disobedient to God. Put another way: fear God, not man.
There was a cost involved in reaffirming this promise, but there also comes that confirmation from Yahweh when God’s people are surrendered to Him. There is nothing like being right with God. We have all made mistakes. We have all blown it: as a parent, as a spouse, as a church member, as a pastor, you get the point. We have all done and said things we should not have done and said. We all need or have needed a fresh start in order to move forward. Praise God that we have confirmation from His Word that when we honor and obey His Word, His will, He provides a fresh start and fresh wind to move forward.