Then the LORD said to Joshua, “This day I have rolled away the reproach of Egypt from you”. ~Joshua 5:9a
There seems to be an excitement for some when it comes to the game of chance. If I can pick the “lucky” number I will win, but if not, I lose. I have watched people live their lives gambling on that one hopeful “roll of the dice” that could put them on top.
There is a fine line in Christianity between works and grace, I’m not about to tackle the topic but I do know for me that when I “roll the dice” in my walk with God I’m playing with fire. I know that my salvation is secure and there’s nothing I can do to earn it but when I look at the example of the trek out of the wilderness and into the Promise land that is recorded in the book of Joshua I see a people who have submitted themselves to the will of God and are “walking” in His ways.
It took a long walk in the wilderness and an example of what not to do to get the attention of the children of Israel but in the 5th chapter of Joshua we see God taking a moment to encourage His people by telling them “This day I have rolled away the reproach of Egypt from you”. It seems they were done gambling on their future and were willing to follow God’s plan.
I think it’s the same way with us, I know I’ve been willing to “roll the dice” with my walk only to be frustrated and having to turn away from my way of thinking because of the conviction of shame. When we begin to get back on the right path and walk in the Spirit we will sense that the reproach of our sin is once again rolled away.
When we come to the reality that we are no longer bound to sin but instead free from it we see that there is “Victory in Jesus”. “Knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin” Romans 6:6.
This seems to be a continual battle for me as I have to make it a practice to filter my thoughts through the Word of God and stay on His path for my life.
So if you feel the shame because of some bad choices today, put down the dice and “Cross the Jordan” and walk in the assurance of His grace and He will roll away the reproach.
Written by Rob Russomano: Rob is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and full time staff member in the Maintenance Department at America’s Keswick.
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Daily Quote: The presence of hope in the invincible sovereignty of God drives out fear. ~John Piper
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. ~ Jeremiah 29:11 (NKJV)