Not A One
Joshua 21:45 – Not one of all the Lord’s good promises to the house of Israel failed; everyone was fulfilled. (NIV 1978)
My Musing – God is trustworthy. He will keep all of His good promises. There are also promises that are not so good for those who disobey. But God is merciful to those who ask His forgiveness. There may be consequences to sin, but there will also be mercy and forgiveness.
My Advice – Do not be discouraged when God’s answers to prayer seem slow in coming. God is faithful and will keep His promises. Only He knows when the time is right. So be patient. Also, be encouraged even when you experience the consequences of sins you have confessed, that God is merciful. He has forgiven and the consequences could have been much worse if unconfessed.
You Can Drive Them Out
Joshua 18:18 – “Though the Canaanites have iron chariots and though they are strong, you can drive them out.” (NIV 1978)
My Musing – For most of us, the “Canaanites” that we face are those sins and habits that we want to hold onto, but deep down in our hearts we know that we should not hold onto. The desire to hold on (our sin nature) can be very strong, but not so strong that with the help of the Holy Spirit we cannot drive them out.
My Advice – Never let yourself become convinced that you cannot overcome a sinful habit or sinful nature. While it may seem like you will be going up against an “iron chariot” on foot, He who is in you is greater than any old iron chariot.
How Long Will You Wait?
Joshua 18:3 – So Joshua said to the Israelites, “How long will you wait before you begin to take possession of the land that the Lord, the God of your fathers, has given you?” (NIV 1978)
My Musing – The Israelites had wandered in the wilderness for forty years, unable to take possession of the land due to disobedience. They had tried, but God did not let them. Now that they were able to take possession they were unwilling or at least hesitant to do so. Not following God’s will has two aspects: doing things He prohibits and not doing things He desires.
My Advice – It is good to wait for the Lord’s direction and guidance before undertaking anything of importance. But once you have the direction, do not hesitate to carry out God’s will promptly.
Until You Remove It
Joshua 7:11, 13b – “Israel has sinned; they have violated my covenant, which I commanded them to keep. They have taken some of the devoted things. O Israel. You cannot stand against your enemies until you remove it.” (NIV 1978)
My Musing – As Christians, we are God’s chosen. But just like Israel, who was also God’s chosen; we cannot expect Him to bless us, prosper us or rescue us from difficulties as long as we have unrepented sin in our lives.
My Advice – Do not expect God’s full blessings during periods that you are have unconfessed sins in your life. We may be under grace and the freedom that accompanies it, but we still have a responsibility to obey His moral law. It is unrealistic for us to expect His full blessing when we do not give Him full obedience.
Gathering Manna When You Wander
Joshua 5:12 – The manna stopped the day after they ate the food from the land. (NIV 1978)
My Musing – God makes provision for us in our “wilderness wanderings” to help sustain us. But not just “in,” He sustains us “through.” The wandering may seem very long to us at times, but He will fully provide what is needed to see us through.
My Advice – When you are “wandering in the wilderness” of a difficult time or circumstance, do not forget to gather the manna. God is providing for you somehow, but too often we overlook it or do not look in the right place. But you can be sure that the provision is there and that it will be sufficient to carry you through.
Listen To Your Heart
Deuteronomy 30:11, 14 – “Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach. No, the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it.” (NIV 1978)
My Musing – God does not command anything that He does not put into our heart to be able to do. That is the reason that it is not too difficult or beyond our reach.
My Advice – Listen to your heart. God has put into it His desires. Follow those desires and you will always do what is right and just. Doing what is right and just will always be within your reach and will be easier than you think.
Do Not Be Faint-Hearted
Deuteronomy 20:3, 4 – “Do not be faint-hearted or afraid; do not be terrified or give way to panic before them. For the Lord your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory.” (NIV 1978)
My Musing – No matter what kind of foe we face, we need not be afraid because God goes with us to fight for us.
My Advice – Be confident. You are a child of God and He will always be with you. You may face much opposition, but He who is in you is greater than any opposition you will ever face.