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The Highest and the Best: Lord of Victory

Posted by Lorraine Serra on February 24, 2015 at 11:25 PM

The display of God's power and authority here

in Joshua Chapter 3 is overwhelming. Let's continue to learn from

where we left off last time.


God has demonstrated His faithful

care of His people once more in

a time of what could be called

“impossible trouble”.


We observed that Joshua listened,

trusted, obeyed, and reaped great

benefits for himself and his nation

because God was the Lord

of his life.


This command to cross the Jordan

River at flood stage is staggering

to me on many levels for all that it

represents to us.


Of course, God did not need the ark, or

the priests, or any human thing at all to

accomplish this event.  Still, the ark was

the tangible symbol of God's

presence with the people. Symbols

are helpful for all of us.


So how about this other symbol, or at least,

that's how I interpret it, in verse 16?

Isn't it interesting that He caused the water to pile up on hold

at a city called Adam? Adam means

“man” or “mankind”.


Ha! To me, it is very symbolic. It

suggests a couple of

things: God saying, “Hold it right

there, O Man, if you think you can

do anything apart from Me! See,

I AM the LORD GOD ALMIGHTY.

I am the God of the Impossible.”


Oh, yeah. This speaks to me. How about you?


It also symbolizes, or suggests to me,

that God would one day redeem

the sin of Adam. As the first Adam

created a barrier, a dam, if you will,

between God and mankind, so,

Jesus, the Second Adam,

would one day come and indeed break that

sin barrier and restore the relationship through

a flood of grace and mercy going forward forever!


Halleluia!


I also noticed in this account, that it was

the priests here, not the usual Levites,

who were instructed to carry the ark.

Again,  how interesting!


And not only were they called

to carry it, they were called to

STAND STILL in the midst

of a perilous setting, providing

encouragement for the people.


Wow! Is that a lesson for leaders?

Is that a lesson for us?


Even with a wall of standing water

at your back threatening to crush

you at any moment, stand firm!

Even in the midst of criticism,

mocking, political attacks and

the rest, stand firm in the authority

God has given you!


Do you think this took just a

wee bit of courage and faith?

Do you think this is an example

of the kind of trust we should

have in our Commander, our Lord?


There is so much in these two

chapters of Joshua to meditate

on. But, something that has

really jumped out at me which

has implications for all of us

in a very personal way is this:


This account obviously

mirrors the crossing of the

Red Sea, when Moses led

the people out of slavery

in Egypt in the book of Exodus.

How interesting that God uses

a similar humanly impossible

setting of crossing a river to

establish Joshua as God's chosen

successor to Moses. I don't

think the people could miss

the intent, do you?


However, something is

very different.


At that time, in Genesis,

the people were

running away from their enemies.

Here in Joshua, the people

are moving straight towards

their enemies!  Jericho is before them!


And God was with them in

both scenarios.


Can you grasp how these scripture

accounts are for us today?  Can we discover

God's highest and best for us through these examples?


Whether you and I are today

running from the enemies of

our past, or running towards

our enemies to face them head

on, the promise of God, as

Lord and Commander, is

that the battle belongs to Him!


"The horse is made ready for the day of battle,

but victory rests with the LORD." Prov 21:31


"Some trust in chariots and some in horses,

but we trust in the name of the LORD our God."

Psalm 20:7


"See, God has come to save me. I will trust in him

and not be afraid. The LORD God is my strength

and my song; he has given me victory." Isaiah 12:2


"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.

I came that they may have life and have it abundantly."

John 10:10

 


Listening to and obeying our

Commander, our Supreme

Authority, wins the battle.

We don't argue, we don't

negotiate. Instead, just like a soldier,

we follow orders.


If you have received the

grace of God through Jesus

Christ, but have not yet

felt the freedom and victory

He has for you,

perhaps you have not yet made

Him Lord of your life.


Lordship requires submission

and obedience. And He will prove

Himself trustworthy time and

again.  Test Him in this and see.



“The eyes of the Lord are on the

righteous, and His ears are open

to their cry. The Lord hears, and

delivers them out of all their troubles". Ps 34:15, 17


O My Lord, I don't want to be just

a hearer of Your Word. Take me deeper!

Reveal to my heart Your instruction and

Your words of knowledge. Correct my

mind, cleanse my heart, and strengthen

me to rise above my limitations so

that I may live in a way that is pleasing

to You, whom I want to honor and

bless every day. Amen.


NEXT TIME: A closer look at submission and obedience in making Him Lord !

Categories: Discovering the Highest and the Best

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