Joshua 10

Moses is gone and Joshua is now leading the Israelites into the Promised Land. And if you’ve taken the time to read Joshua 10, he’s leading like a boss. The Gibeonites have made peace with Joshua and the Israelites and they were attacked by the five Kings of the Amorites. 

Joshua gets word from Gibeon that they have been attacked so he marches all night and takes the enemy by surprise. Enter now, a scene from the manliest, most battle heavy combat war hero movie ever filmed. 

So much happens throughout Joshua 10 and you should absolutely read through it for yourself, but here is my perspective as I dove into this chapter and sought to relate it to my life.

We want this to be about God taking down our enemies until we realize we are the enemy unless we have surrendered on His terms.

Look at verse 25. “And Joshua said to them, “Do not be afraid or dismayed; be strong and courageous. For this the Lord will do to all your enemies against whom you fight.” 

Joshua has summoned the five Amorite Kings who were hiding in a cave, and basically made a public display of them. Having the Israelite leaders step on their necks, put them to death, and offer the pep talk he gave here in verse 25 before hanging their bodies on display until sundown. 

Joshua has now taken the entire region through a war the God waged…against His enemies. 

Here is where it hits home. 

If we aren’t for God, if we aren’t on His side, then we are at war with Him. In fact, our sin causes this to automatically be the case. We are like the countries that Joshua was hunting down and conquering. 

While Joshua 10 is definitely a strong reminder of how much God cares for us, it’s also a strong reminder of why we need God. We see a picture of the severity of sin that must be punished, and that punishment is death.

The good news is this. We don’t have to be at war with God. We can surrender on His terms and those terms are Jesus. It’s Jesus or nothing. Those are terms of surrender I’m good with and I pray you are too.

Blessings.

Exodus 14

2020 has played out like the plot points of a thriller-suspense novel with jaw-dropping twists popping out from every which way. 

First, it’s wildfires in Australia. The death of Kobe Bryant–a basketball legend. Then a global health pandemic that also shook the economy and held us captive in our homes. And then racial, political & civil unrest, earthquakes, hurricanes…and, well, let’s pray that’s all.

It’s like this year keeps getting worse. 

Personally, our family has experienced a lot of death, and throw loss into a year like 2020 and it can be a real dumpster fire. I’m reminded of a situation in Exodus 14 that plays out eerily similar to our current life circumstance.

Moses is leading the Israelites out of Egypt after four hundred years of slavery. But it wasn’t an easy or joyous journey. Prior to Exodus 14 we see Pharoah increasing the Jewish people’s workload after Moses demands Israelites to be freed. Not cool. Then we see God pelting Egypt with plagues in order to force the Pharaoh to set the Israelites free. The Jewish people experienced most of the plagues. Not cool at all. And now in Exodus 14 the Israelites are being hunted down by Pharaoh and his army. They are faced with either drowning in the sea too wide and deep to cross, or being slaughtered. Things couldn’t get worse. 

We get that. We may feel like things can’t get worse right now.

But here’s the thing–God shows up in moments like these. When problems are too big to solve–God can. 

What if God puts an Exodus 14 sized problem in our life on purpose? What if God put 2020 in our lives on purpose? 

He did. But why? 

Three things that I want to call out:

1: Check out Exodus 14:31. God says: 

“Israel saw the great power that the Lord used against the Egyptians, so the people feared the Lord, and they believed in the Lord and in his servant Moses.”

God will put “problems” in our life so that we can see his power and learn to follow him, and to trust him. 

2: Check out Exodus 14:18: God says:

“And the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord, when I have gotten glory over Pharaoh, his chariots, and his horsemen.”

God will put problems in our life so that others can see His glory. 

3: Remember Romans 8:28 from a few weeks ago. 

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

God will put problems in our life in order to work them out for the good–of those that love him and are called according to his purpose. 

Nobody ever said the faith road would be easy. You must first love God before you are able to have eyes that see Him working ALL things for His glory. 

So whether it’s Exodus 14 or the year 2020, it’s all for the Glory of God.

Blessings.