March 26, 2020: SOAP #3766: Joshua 23-24; Psalm 44; 1Corinthians 11
Scripture: Joshua (NIV) 24:16 Then the people answered,“Far be it from us to forsake the LORD to serve other gods! 17 It was theLORD our God himself who brought us and our fathers up out of Egypt, from thatland of slavery, and performed those great signs before our eyes. He protectedus on our entire journey and among all the nations through which we travelled.
Observation: Therewas a time (Exodus 32-33) where God told the Israelites that He would not gowith them; He would send an angel to accompany them. But to Moses this was unacceptable! Moses interceded for them and demanded thatGod himself should accompany his people into the promised land.
Now that they are in the land and it has been divided among the tribes, theirtestimony is 'the LORD our God himself' brought them from Egypt into thePromised Land. God did not give themvictory by sending an angel; He accompanied them HIMSELF!
Application: As important as this was to Moses, to Joshuaand to the Israelites"it is just as important to me! My language and actions should demonstrate mygreat appreciation that God, himself, is with me! May I always speak of God in a respectfulway, acknowledging that He, himself, lives in me.
Prayer: My Gracious God, thank you, Jesus, that youpersonally came to live among us, suffer and die for my sins! Holy Spirit, thank you that you are with meright now. You walk with me and you talkwith me for you have made me your dwelling place! We face life challenges together! Amen
Making friends for time and eternity!