July 17, 2018

Joshua 24:1–13 (NLT) — 1 Then Joshua summoned all the tribes of Israel to Shechem, including their elders, leaders, judges, and officers. So they came and presented themselves to God. 2 Joshua said to the people, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: Long ago your ancestors, including Terah, the father of Abraham and Nahor, lived beyond the Euphrates River, and they worshiped other gods. 3 But I took your ancestor Abraham from the land beyond the Euphrates and led him into the land of Canaan. I gave him many descendants through his son Isaac. 4 To Isaac I gave Jacob and Esau. To Esau I gave the mountains of Seir, while Jacob and his children went down into Egypt. 5 “Then I sent Moses and Aaron, and I brought terrible plagues on Egypt; and afterward I brought you out as a free people. 6 But when your ancestors arrived at the Red Sea, the Egyptians chased after you with chariots and charioteers. 7 When your ancestors cried out to the Lord, I put darkness between you and the Egyptians. I brought the sea crashing down on the Egyptians, drowning them. With your very own eyes you saw what I did. Then you lived in the wilderness for many years. 8 “Finally, I brought you into the land of the Amorites on the east side of the Jordan. They fought against you, but I destroyed them before you. I gave you victory over them, and you took possession of their land. 9 Then Balak son of Zippor, king of Moab, started a war against Israel. He summoned Balaam son of Beor to curse you, 10 but I would not listen to him. Instead, I made Balaam bless you, and so I rescued you from Balak. 11 “When you crossed the Jordan River and came to Jericho, the men of Jericho fought against you, as did the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Girgashites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. But I gave you victory over them. 12 And I sent terror ahead of you to drive out the two kings of the Amorites. It was not your swords or bows that brought you victory. 13 I gave you land you had not worked on, and I gave you towns you did not build—the towns where you are now living. I gave you vineyards and olive groves for food, though you did not plant them.

The bold words were done by me for you to notice how active God was in the lives of his chosen people. If you are born again you have been chosen by God. He is just as active in your life to bring you home to the Promised Land as He was in the life of the Israelites. When I think of this I breathe a sigh of relief and my faith and courage are strengthened. I also break out into praise and thanksgiving to God for all he has done in my life(even what I am not aware of), for all that he is doing in my life and for all that he will do in my life. He does it all for me because he wants to spend an eternity with me, WoW! What affect does his activity in your life have on you? What affect does it have on your life that God wants to spend an eternity with you?

There are a lot of ‘dead beat’ dads in the world but God isn’t one of them. There are a lot of ‘absentee’ fathers in this world but God will have not part in that. There are a lot of uninvolved parents in our world but God will never be numbered with them.

Ephesians 3:14 (NLT) — 14 When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father,

Lamentations 3:21–26 (NCV) — 21 But I have hope when I think of this: 22 The Lord’s love never ends; his mercies never stop. 23 They are new every morning; Lord, your loyalty is great. 24 I say to myself, “The Lord is mine, so I hope in him.” 25 The Lord is good to those who hope in him, to those who seek him. 26 It is good to wait quietly for the Lord to save.

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