Oct5TueJoshua 8 October 5, 2021
WEDNESDAY in the WORD
“he read all the words of the law, the blessing and the curse, according to all that is written in the Book of the Law.” Joshua 8:34
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In Joshua chapters 6-8 we see God’s people conquering the Promise Land. There was the great victory of Jericho, then the defeat at Ai, and subsequent victory in the next battle. If conquering the land was the only objective, then they were well on the way to total victory. Imagine being a part of a conquering nation. There would be so much to do after each battle! Establishing land ownership, clearing debris, rebuilding cities.
Perhaps many of them felt like some of us today, always busy with too much to do! As the Beetles sang, we also feel like we need “8 days a week” to get everything done. There indeed may be busy times in our life, but there must also be times to stop and recuperate. This is exactly what we find after the battle of Ai and the end of Joshua chapter 8. God’s people stopped being busy at war and peacefully gathered all together to worship God.
David wrote in Psalm 42:1 “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God.” Did you know that in nature, a deer is always “on the run”? The deer is not a predator and often has to keep watch that it is not being pursued by some enemy. It is only after a time of great distress that a deer “pants for water.” David compared his present circumstances to that of a deer panting for water. He was getting worn out from all of life's challenges. People, including his own family, were opposed to him. David, however, knew where to find the inner strength to carry on, he knew he needed time in God’s presence.
How is this season going for you? Are the conflicts in the world, in the workplace, or your own family wearing you out? Does it seem as though life is one battle after the next? You may find sleep at night but never rest for your tired soul.
Thankfully, we may never face difficulties like the children of Israel did. However, their example can still help us in our battles today. The Bible says that there is a time for war and a time for peace. If your soul is weary, and needing strength to carry on, then perhaps right now, more time is needed away from the battlefields. More time is needed to be devoted to God and His family.
David wrote in Psalm 62:1 “Truly my soul finds rest in God” There is a battle going on all around us. Our culture is fast-paced and ever-changing. There is hardly time to stop and pray. What should we do?
Hebrews 10:24-25 “let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another”
Meeting together despite life's ongoing battles can be as refreshing as the stream of water found by a panting deer. Regularly meeting together, in the presence of God, is what we need to carry on throughout all of life’s battles!