Joshua had a message for the children of Israel and the timing of it is important. Joshua 23:1 says, “A long time afterward…”
After the slavery. After the wandering. After the wondering. After the hunger and thirst. After the battles were fought.
A long time afterward. Now they are experiencing rest and peace. And, during this period in their lives, Joshua warns them.
👉Remain disciplined in your walk with God.
👉Remain devoted to God.
👉Remain diligent in avoiding idols.
It’s the difference between following someone in a strange place vs familiar territory. If you’re comfortable and at ease, you might allow a little more distance between you and the person you’re following. Joshua reminds them that they need to cling to God just as tightly in times of rest as in times of war.
Joshua 23:12 is powerful. “Do not cling to the thing you’ve been delivered from!” What are some ways we may do that today? Cling to something from which the Lord has delivered us?
👉Maybe we look back with longing like Lot’s wife (Genesis 19:24-26.) Or like the children of Israel who romanticized bondage the moment freedom felt uncomfortable.
👉We hold on to anger, bitterness, unforgiveness, etc (Colossians 1:13-14.) The Lord is working to restore a relationship or refresh a spirit but we don’t want to let go of those feelings and the false sense of power they give us.
👉We continue to sit in shame and refuse to embrace the grace offered to us in Christ (Zephaniah 3:19.)
What are we clinging to today? God (Joshua 23:8 or something else (Joshua 23:12?)
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Just in case anyone needs a reminder…Joy comes in the morning.
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”He knows of your going through this great wilderness. These forty years the Lord your God has been with you. You have lacked nothing.” Deuteronomy 2:7
Whatever your wilderness looks like – physical pain, financial strain, broken relationships or broken dreams – God knows about it. And He knows exactly how long you’ve been wandering the same ol’ barren land. ”God saw the people of Israel – and God knew.” Exodus 2:25
God sees you and He knows. Just keep walking; there is a Promised Land on the other side of the wilderness.
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👉 ”In light of heaven, the worst suffering on earth, a life full of the most atrocious tortures on earth, will be seen to be no more serious than one night in an inconvenient hotel.” Mother Teresa
Paul said it this way. 👉 “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” Romans 8:18 ESV
I once heard someone say that, when we get to heaven, the question will not be, ”Why all the suffering?” The question will be ”What suffering?”
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So much goodness in the book of Job. Always has been one of my favorites.
This time, however, God is revealing some things to me – some feelings I’ve been harboring against Him. And, regarding specific circumstances in my life, I’ve had to ask myself two questions.
👉Do I trust God? His character, timing, motives, promises, etc.
👉Is it possible (insert sarcastic emoji here) that God sees, knows, and understands things that I am simply not capable of seeing, knowing, and understanding?
Then, with the answers to those questions in mind, I read these words from #jdgreear in #notgodenough. ”Do I have the perspective required to blow a whistle and call ’foul’ on God?”
The answer is ”No.”
Which takes me back to question one. Do I trust God?
And that answer is ”yes.”
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