We’re all about “taking sides” these days. We’re all about shouting and opposing and demanding, “You have to be on my side all the way or you’re just my enemy.” Continue reading “The question of whose side you’re on”
7 “Be very brave and strong as you carefully obey all of the Instruction that Moses my servant commanded you. Don’t deviate even a bit from it, either to the right or left. Then you will have success wherever you go. 8 Never stop speaking about this Instruction scroll. Recite it day and night so you can carefully obey everything written in it. Then you will accomplish your objectives and you will succeed. (Joshua 1:7-8)
19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to obey everything that I’ve commanded you. Look, I myself will be with you every day until the end of this present age.” (Matt. 28:19-20)
Not that complicated. What you’ve been taught… go and do.
But… we complicate it.
I want to center my life on the written Word, leading me to the Living Word, and saturate it with prayer and the power of the Spirit. Let’s see where that may take me.
We are reading through the Book of Joshua this week as we being our summer journey through the Old Testament historical books in our church.
Joshua 9 is the story of the Gibeonite deception. A group of Gibeonites came and negotiated peace with Israel because they knew Israel would run them over. Their only hope of survival was to fake being from a distant land and hope Israel fell for it.
The key was Israel “did not inquire of the Lord” on this one (Josh. 9:14).
Israel was too busy running over Canaan to stop and ask God about one small negotiation. Who has time when you’re out conquering new lands?
It’s the busyness that will trip up our walk with God. Too busy to pray. Too busy to stop and listen. Too busy working for God to listen to God.
Every day has the possibility of opportunity. Too often we are shoved through the day and end of breathless on the other side. Too often we drop at the end of the day wondering what happened.
Today. Don’t let today be that day.
Joshua 3. The Jordan crossing was different. It was not Joshua raising his staff as Moses did at the Red Sea. The priests had to get in the water with the ark. And the river was at flood stage. They held their position until Israel crossed over.
As spiritual leaders, we may have to step out first. It may be dangerous water. But we hold to the presence of God.
We need bold leaders willing to get their feet wet in dangerous waters.