Give God a chance and He will prove Himself to you.
Tuesday January 14th, 2002
It has been a while since we have really looked at the old testament. What say we go back a few thousand years to say oh, about 3,400 years ago, back to around 1400BC.
Joshua Chapter One
1 Now after the death of Moses, the servant of the LORD, it came to pass that the LORD spake unto Joshua the son of Nun, Moses' minister, saying:
2 Moses My servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this Jordan(river), thou, and all this people, unto the land which I do give to them, even to the children of Israel. 3 Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses.
4 From the wilderness and this Lebanon even unto the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and unto the great sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your coast. 5 There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. 6 Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them.
7 Only be thou strong and very courageous, (Joshua 1:1-7 ACP KJV)
Now the title of today's thought is: "Give God a chance and He will prove Himself to you." And you may very well be asking yourself what that title has to do with today's thought. Let's look at a couple of the more difficult verses, verses not difficult to understand, but more difficult from the prospective of a humble human to accept.
God said to Joshua, " Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you" and "There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life" and "for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them" Think about that for a moment, that would be like God telling you that He was giving you five states along the East Coast of the USA. States inhabited by people who make war, people who are very hostile to Christ and Christians. But, here is God saying to you: " Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you ... There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life ... for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them"
Now God doesn't say to you, I have prepared an army to take this land for you. He doesn't tell you that the people of the lands have left or died. Nope instead He says to you: "Only be thou strong and very courageous ..." Kind of like saying to you, trust me, just have faith in me and everything will be ok. Now we accepted that from our parents when we were kids, and we expected our kids to accept it when we said it to them. But that only dealt with things like fixing a bruised knee or taking out a splinter. Here we have God telling Joshua that HE was going to give him hundreds of thousands of square miles of land. Land occupied by very mean, warlike, unfriendly people. Occupied by people very hostile to God and God's people. Much like the entire east coast of the USA is today.
God goes on and says to Joshua in verse 9, "Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest."
So, Joshua sucks in his gut, takes a deep breath and tells the people of Israel to pack up and get ready to move out. These are the self same Israelites who have, for the last forty years, rebelled against God and His spokesmen time after time. You can almost hear Joshua saying under his breath, "Here we go again.". But, Joshua did as God commanded him. And what did God do to reassure Joshua and the children of God?
Joshua Chapter Three
1 And Joshua rose early in the morning; and they removed from Shittim, and came to Jordan, he and all the children of Israel, and lodged there before they passed over.
2 And it came to pass after three days, that the officers went through the host; 3 and they commanded the people, saying, "When ye see the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, and the priests the Levites bearing it, then ye shall remove from your place, and go after it. 4 Yet there shall be a space between you and it, about two thousand cubits (3,000 feet) by measure: come not near unto it, that ye may know the way by which ye must go: for ye have not passed this way heretofore."
5 And Joshua said unto the people, "Sanctify yourselves: for to morrow the LORD will do wonders among you."
6 And Joshua spake unto the priests, saying, "Take up the ark of the covenant, and pass over before the people." And they took up the ark of the covenant, and went before the people.
7 And the LORD said unto Joshua, This day will I begin to magnify thee in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that, as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee. 8 And thou shalt command the priests that bear the ark of the covenant, saying, When ye are come to the brink of the water of Jordan, ye shall stand still in Jordan.
9 And Joshua said unto the children of Israel, Come hither, and hear the words of the LORD your God. 10 And Joshua said, "Hereby ye shall know that the living God is among you, and that He will without fail drive out from before you the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Hivites, and the Perizzites, and the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and the Jebusites. 11 Behold, the ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earth passeth over before you into Jordan. 12 Now therefore take you twelve men out of the tribes of Israel, out of every tribe a man. 13 And it shall come to pass, as soon as the soles of the feet of the priests that bear the ark of the LORD, the Lord of all the earth, shall rest in the waters of Jordan, that the waters of Jordan shall be cut off from the waters that come down from above; and they shall stand upon an heap."
14 And it came to pass, when the people removed from their tents, to pass over Jordan, and the priests bearing the ark of the covenant before the people; 15 and as they that bare the ark were come unto Jordan, and the feet of the priests that bare the ark were dipped in the brim of the water, (for Jordan overfloweth all his banks all the time of harvest,) 16 that the waters which came down from above (up stream) stood and rose up upon an heap very far from the city Adam, that is beside Zaretan: and those (streams) that came down toward the sea of the plain, even the salt sea, failed, and were cut off: and the people passed over right against (across from) Jericho.
17 And the priests that bare the ark of the covenant of the LORD stood firm on dry ground in the midst of Jordan, and all the Israelites passed over on dry ground, until all the people were passed clean over Jordan. (Joshua 3:1-17 ACP KJV)
So, what did God do to reassure Joshua and the children of Israel? God, caused "the waters which came down from above (up stream) stood and rose up upon an heap very far from the city Adam, that is beside Zaretan: and those (streams) that came down toward the sea of the plain, even the salt sea, failed, and were cut off: and the people passed over right against (across from) Jericho.
And the priests that bare the ark of the covenant of the LORD stood firm on dry ground in the midst of Jordan, and all the Israelites passed over on dry ground, until all the people were passed clean over Jordan."
No you would think that was enough, but God knows the hearts of those who are His, so He shortly would prove Himself even further by causing the walls of the great city of Jericho to fall down, killing literary everyone trapped within.
So, why don't you give God a chance? Why don't you go to the Lord asking Him to prove Himself to and within you? Not all that hard you know, try this:
Say, Father in heaven, forgive me for the evil things I have done, thought, said and even dreamt. Lord God above, Creator of all things, let Thine will be done in my heart as it is in Your heaven. Please Lord give me something to do for You.
The Lord our God, Messiah Yeshua, Christ Jesus, be with you all, may He trust you to do His will and His work this very day. May He make you His and give you the strength to serve Him.
God blessed America when she feared Him, now it appears, she may face His wrath.
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