|Posted by Lorraine Serra on February 12, 2015 at 10:55 AM|
Looking once again at Joshua 24
we can learn so much from this
godly leader about refocusing
our loyalty and faithfulness upon
God, Our Lord and King.
It is deliberate. It is a choice.
It takes a concerted effort because
our lives are so distracting and
we get so self-absorbed.
Last time, we observed
that Joshua was brilliant
in bringing the people back to their
roots, not only recounting the Lord's awesome
actions on their behalf throughout
the history of their nation, but in the
very place where Abraham had received
the covenant promises of God!
Now, there's a strategy for ya! Talk
about some "roots", talk about the effect of "place".
This resulted in humility, thanks and
praise because they remembered, they stirred up their faith
based on the evidence of God's faithful presence with them.
Though this passage
doesn't mention it, the Ark of the
Covenant most likely
stood in their midst, central to
the assembly, along with the
priests who attended it.
The ark was a tangible, visible,
reminder of God's presence among
the people. It produced such awe and
wonder and humility that
people wept and bowed down in
worship and adoration.
God's presence was holy and powerful;
no one could touch the ark, or die.
For us today, we have the most
authentic and meaningful expression
of God's presence possible: the
Cross of Christ!
* Symbol of power, God's
physical presence in His Son, Jesus, His
victory over sin, death, evil.
* Promise of absolute love, forgiveness,
and acceptance into the family of God.
* Precursor to Christ's Resurrection, the demonstration
of God's power, and the guarantee
of new life in Christ, and eternal life with
* Resulting in the Holy Spirit of God living
within us, guiding and directing, encouraging
and teaching us, always with us!
This is amazing grace! This is the Gospel!
This is the free gift we choose to accept by faith!
This inspires awe, humility
and worship in the heart of every believer...how precious we
are to God, even in our brokenness, faithlessness and fear!
If you feel lukewarm about
it, then read over your list of God's faithfulness
that I wrote about last time. Consider His
hand in your life. Read the Gospel again...
In humility and gratitude meditate on what
God's great love for you truly means.
Grab hold of it with both hands, and think
about it all day so your faith is unstoppable for
everything you are dealing with in your life right now!
Then, strengthened in this love and forgiveness,
and the many promises of God, prepare to receive
all you need through faith in His everlasting Word.
Our Lord, our Commander, wants to teach us to
stand strong and know, for certain, He is
our Lord and King! The time is short. The King is coming soon!
NEXT TIME: How can I know He is Lord of my life?
Precious Father, Holy Lord, I am again overwhelmed
with Your presence. To think this is only the smallest
glimpse of all you want me to know of You! Hold me
close as I seek You with all my heart. Amen!
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