(Joshua 3:1-17) I was never aware that when the Isrealites finally were allowed to go into the promised land that they experienced a second parting of the waters, this time on the Jordan River. God’s intention for the second parting of waters was to show the Isrealites that God was with Joshua. I guess having to wonder in the wilderness for 40 years might have had the Isrealites doubting God’s promise.
This would seem another perfect example of how God gives us exactly what we need, when we need it. The Isrealites were about to go into the promise land and encounter resistance. God wanted to show them that He was with them through this next trying step in their journey. God can do the same thing for us. I’ve experienced it. When I was looking for a new job, He gave me signs exactly when I needed them, and showed me His faithfulness. Isn’t it amazing how even though our faithfulness to God is something pretty pathetic, His faithfulness is always the same. I thank God for that.
(Exodus 13:17-14:4) Once again it is seen in this passage of scripture how God has an ultimate plan for everything, and a perfect timing. The Isrealites may not have understood God’s reason for taking them the long way to the promise land, however God did have good reason to do this. God knew of the greater problems that they would face if they had to go up against the Philistines, something that could cause the Isrealites to second guess leaving Egypt.
In our lives each day, God continues to lead us on a path that He has marked out for us. His path may seem like the long way, and not they way we had in mind, but is the perfect one for us. How do we know what is God’s path and not just our own? Today we don’t have a pillar of cloud or fire to follow, but we do have His Word and how he works things out in our life. As I was thinking about that question too, it got me thinking how we constantly need to be taking small step. It would seem to me that we are called to walk with God so that we can easily follow His steps, it’s not a run. God ultimately knows what’s best for use, whether is be a slow process or quick one.
The reality of life, and the sin that is in this world, is that we are going to fail. Later on we see that the Isrealites stumbled and failed, losing faith, but God doesn’t leave us. It is always so amazing to me how Jesus’ blood washes us completely. He restores us to where we ought to be. We are going to stumble and fall and He is right there to help us back up and on our way with Him. As He leads us through tough times and joyous times we can know that He is there through it all. Amen!
As I read from Genesis 11:1-9 this morning I was struck again with how God still continues to shape our lives. It’s obvious also from reading the story that nothing in this world is out of God’s control. As people we can so easily get cought up in the things we do, or produce, or think of, that we can so easily forget the One who gave us the abilities we have. We are His, and He calls us to use the gifts He’s given us for His glory, not our own. I think of the hurricane disasters that have plagued so many over the past couple of years. Even in the midst of those tragedies it has been easy to just blame it on a random act of nature. I’m not going to declare that God was looking to wipe out a bunch of people, but I believe more than ever that there are not accidents in this world. God has a plan or purpose for all things. He may not be causing a hardship in our life, however He does desire us to go to Him in those hardships, and ultimately use them for His glory. I can’t even imagine how hard it was for the people of Babel after their languages were all changed and the were spread out all over the world. I’m curious to know if there were some that realized God’s hand in that and turned to Him in faith? Perhaps some further reading will answer that question. Until tomorrow, God bless!
My devotions for today have turned to the end of end of the flood. (Genesis 9:8-17) This is the time God made His convenant with Noah, the animals, and all the Earth. He continues with that covenant still today. What was brought to my mind was how easily we have forgotten the true meaning of the rainbow. God gave us the rainbow that day to remind of His covenant. Just as in most of God’s creation we have picked it apart and explained it away with scientific logic, basically distorting God’s original purpose. When we see a rainbow we are more apt to think of how it’s showing because of the weather, rather that turned towards thoughts of God and His intention for that rainbow. We can so easily get stuck at knowing why and how something is the way it is, without going one step further to examine or just even remember the purpose of it. God is the one who gives all things purpose, before they are distorted by man. I think having eyes that are looking at the things of this world from a perspective of how God sees them is how we ought to live.
An aside, how amazing that after all this time we do continue to see the rainbow, this is a constant visual proof of God’s everlasting promises. Amen for that!