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ENEMIES AT THE GATE

August 27, 2015

Thursday

 

Joshua 7:9

 

For the Canaanites and all the inhabitants of the land will hear of it, and they will surround us and cut off our name from the earth. And what will You do for Your great name?”

 

 

LESSON

 

Even Joshua had lost the divine perspective temporarily. His complaining lament sounds like Israel’s murmuring in the wilderness. However, he also had a concern for the continuing honor of Yahweh. As Moses, Joshua desired above everything that God would receive glory. Unfortunately he did not yet possess the stability and objectivity that characterized Moses’ later years because he had not yet walked with God as closely or as long as Moses had. Joshua had fallen on his face once before, when he confronted the divine messenger. That was in the humility of worship. This is in the humility of defeat and shame.

God always promises us as believers victory in Christ Jesus, but there are times we experience defeat. From the examples of Israel we can learn about experiencing victory or defeat. Joshua’s posture was one of grief and prayer. God saw it as inappropriate. There is a time when it is a sin to pray. It is that time when God expects us to act.

 

Memory Verse: Romans 12:20

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