Keeping It Fresh Afterward
Joshua read all the words of the law— the blessings and the curses— just as it is written in the Book of the Law. There was not a word of all that Moses had commanded that Joshua did not read to the whole assembly of Israel, including the women and children, and the foreigners who lived among them. (Joshua 8: 34-35 NIV)
Israel’s entrance into the long-awaited Promised Land was accompanied by unmistakable evidences of God’s presence and favor. The waters of the flood-swollen Jordan River were parted for the nation to pass across on dry ground. The seemingly impenetrable walls of Jericho were felled in a clear demonstration of God’s power. Everything seemed to be going like clockwork for Joshua and the nation.
Then came the defeat at Ai and the subsequent revelation of Achan’s sin. God dealt with the situation in a way that vividly communicated the seriousness of “sin in the camp.” Then He gave renewed marching orders to Joshua, and the city of Ai was roundly defeated.
After the second battle of Ai, Joshua took the nation to the natural amphitheater that existed between Mount Ebal and Mount Gerizim, and there, as commanded by Moses in Deuteronomy 27, all the words of the law were read aloud to the people of Israel. They were reminded again of the promises and the commandments that God had given to guide their lives and their relationship with Him.
God has graciously given us His Word as an historical record of His faithfulness, a revelation of His character and a guide for our daily lives. But unless we are regularly hearing and tasting of God’s Word for ourselves, it can quickly fade from memory and often become no more than background noise in our lives.
What are you doing to regularly keep His Word fresh in your life? Pastor Robby Richardson serves as a pastor in Michigan, and is the son of New York Yankee legend, Bobby Richardson
Keswick, America’s (2012-12-13). Real Victory for Real Life Volume 2 (Kindle Locations 1368-1386). . Kindle Edition.
Quote of the day: We have forgotten the gracious hand which has preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us, and have vainly imagined in the deceitfulness of our hearts that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving Grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us. Abraham Lincoln
Verse to Memorize: The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; he knows those who take refuge in him. Nahum 1:7