March 18, 2020: SOAP #3758: Joshua 1-2; Psalm 37; 1Corinthians 3 Scripture: Joshua (NIV) 2:9 and said to them, “I know that the LORD has given this land to you and that a great fear of you has fallen on us, so that all who live in this country are melting in fear because of […]
March 18, 2020: SOAP #3758: Joshua 1-2; Psalm 37; 1Corinthians 3
Scripture: Joshua (NIV) 2:9 and said to them, “Iknow that the LORD has given this land to you and that a great fear of you hasfallen on us, so that all who live in this country are melting in fear becauseof you. 10 We have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red Sea for youwhen you came out of Egypt, and what you did to Sihon and Og, the two kings ofthe Amorites east of the Jordan, whom you completely destroyed. 11 When weheard of it, our hearts sank and everyone's courage failed because of you, forthe LORD your God is God in heaven above and on the earth below.
Observation: Thepresence of the Israelite spies had become known, but Rahab took them into herhouse and hid them. Why would she dosuch a thing? Because she was afraid ofwhat was going to happen to Jericho. Forforty years the people of Canaan had feared Israel and Israel's God. It was no secret. They had heard about God bringing the plaguesto Egypt and drying up the Red Sea so the Israelites could cross on dryground. For forty years it had been asubject of many conversations. For fortyyears they heard travelers bringing news of this large band of people being ledby a cloud during the day and a pillar of fire in the night. Their God was a God to be feared! The Canaanites had no defense against such aGod!!
Application: WhatGod has done for me is not meant to be a secret. The more people know about the mighty worksof God in my life, the more they will be open to discovering what He will dofor them. God can use my testimony to soften a hearthardened to the good news of Jesus. Godcan use my testimony to break down walls built to keep Him out. As RussHamblin wrote: 'It is no secret what God can do. What He's done for others, He'll do foryou. With army wide open, He'll pardonyou. It is no secret what God can do.' (https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/it-is-no-secret/)
Prayer: Holy Spirit, use my testimony of what youhave done for me to draw others to you. What you have done for me, you will do for others! Amen
Making friends for time and eternity!