Oct. 15 – (Josh. 8) We sin in our journey “From Here to There”. The question is: What will we do when we recognize it? Will we hide it like Achan? Will we repent and see the “redo” but this time follow what the Lord is telling us? This involves trusting Him enough to give up our selfish way in whatever area we have sinned. Selah
Oct. 16 – (Josh. 9) Many times we don’t listen to God’s “still small voice” concerning a decision (big or small) we need to make. When God doesn’t “get us out of it”, we need to trust Him for what He has allowed and see how He wants us to respond. There are no small or insignificant questions we can’t ask Him concerning our lives. He will never leave us or forsake us. He will always guide us!
Oct. 17 – (Josh 10) NEW PERSPECTIVE! This chapter reminds us that those who cry for help are saved, and the oppressing powers are decisively defeated in a way that signifies the ultimate defeat of evil. Was it the Israelites who originally cried for help? No! It was the Gibeonites who had deceived Israel! Joshua kept his oath to the Gibeonites to protect them and listened to the Lord in how to do that. In the process, He conquered Southern Canaan. God always keeps His promise to protect us (His view, not ours of what that means) even when “we are not doing it right”.
One other thing I noticed here: Canaan was a land given to the Israelites full of blessings but also included intensive warfare. We have to learn to conquer all the areas of our lives (mind, will, emotions) as Jesus guides us. Let’s go back to Joshua 1:5b-6. “I will not leave you or forsake you. Be strong and courageous for you shall cause the people to inherit the land that I swore to their fathers to them.”
Oct. 18 – (Josh 11) Joshua has moved on to Northern Canaan and conquered them according to God’s instructions. How would you like this truth written on your tombstone: “He/She left nothing undone of all that the Lord had commanded him/her.” Something to aspire to!
Oct. 19 – (Josh 12) This chapter summarizes the conquest of Canaan before the land is divided and assigned to the tribes. Verses 1-6 describe the land beyond the Jordan (east of Jordan) that Israel had conquered under Moses (Num. 21:21-35). Josh. 12:7-25 lists the kings whom Joshua and the people of Israel defeated on the west side of Jordan.
As I was reading these verses, I felt compelled to look at my own life and write down some things that God has helped me conquer or subdue. I think it will encourage me of victories while continuing to “occupy” those places that have been conquered by Him. Just like the Israelites took possession of these lands, they still needed to work on occupying those territories. Go ahead…make a list…thank Him for the victories!
Okay, I just took my own advice and began to make a list of current victories. He showed me something very important. I was recounting the miraculous move into this house about 6 months ago. (If I told you all the facts I know you would agree they were definitely miracles.) We felt we were to downsize somewhat but also provide a space for Pastor Torry’s parents to move here until they can find a place for themselves. Being over 90 now, they need someone close by. We are the closest family right now being 3 ½ hours away. Anyway, as I was thanking Him for all the miracles He provided in the move, I realized I can depend on Him and look for miracles in bringing His parents here as well! Isn’t God so very good? YES, HE IS!!!
Oct. 20 – (Josh. 13-14) The work of Joshua’s leading the Israelites has been mostly done. May I repeat…mostly done. Even though Joshua is “old and advanced in years”, the Lord tells Him there is still land that needs to be possessed. Whether you are 10 or 110, there is still work for you to do. There is still areas to possess in your own life, people to encourage or share about your walk with Him. I have been struggling lately with the attitude of some older folks. They see things changing around them and interpret that as they no longer are useful or have purpose (in the church or around them in life). Joshua was older (My sister has a good reminder, “You are not old, you are older!”) and in a totally new land. He led the people in conquering Canaan, but God is saying there is still more to do. As long as we have breath, there is things for us to do. Areas in our own lives that still need conquering, people that we can encourage or pray for. Yes, the land looks different. No, we are never too old to listen and obey and conquer that different looking land! Selah
Oct. 21 – (Josh 15) This chapter describes the beginning of distribution of western lands. Judah receives its land first. The tribal boundaries are described (vv. 1-12), followed by listings of cities according to region (vv. 20-62). Verse 63 says the people of Judah could not drive out the Jebusites who lived in Jerusalem. They lived among them to this day. Do we see factions in Jerusalem today? Duh! God is mighty to drive out any force He says needs to go (6:17-18). Someone let down their “guard”. Do we do that today? Selah. “Be strong and courageous for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Josh 1:9)