Daily D – Joshua 5:13-15
Joshua 5:13-15 When Joshua was near the town of Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with sword in hand. Joshua went up to him and demanded, “Are you friend or foe?” “Neither one,” he replied. “I am the commander of the Lord’s army.” At this, Joshua fell with his face to the ground in reverence. “I am at your command,” Joshua said. “What do you want your servant to do?” The commander of the Lord’s army replied, “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy.” And Joshua did as he was told. (NLT)
Who gets to label the other? It is typically the superior person in the relationship. Joshua wanted to apply the right label. Then he discovered he was a commander standing in the presence of The Commander. He immediately fell in line. This is always the right way to relate to God.
I wonder how many problems we could solve for ourselves if we remembered who is really in charge here?
Presidents love looking presidential. Autocrats love employing subjects to whatever end pleases them. Bullies love getting their way. Blessed are the Pushy, you may have heard, because they always get ahead. As Joshua discovered, you never want to get ahead of God.
My bride, daughter, and son-in-law are sliding down the mountain trails above our resort. I accompanied the younger ones yesterday while my bride played with our granddaughter. I get our newest Baby Girl all to myself today. We will practice crawling, rolling, dining, and napping. She is napping now. We both love naps.
The snow is beautiful. The mountains are majestic. It is easy to remember who is in charge here. Only God could create such a wondrous place.
Joshua was named Commander of the Expedition when Moses died. It did not take long for him to figure out who was really in charge. How has God labeled you? You are his most precious possession. You are his beloved son or daughter. He loves you with an everlasting love.
This is security. Trusting Jesus for the free gift of eternal life is accompanied by a grip too great to loosen. God never lets us go.
Since God is in charge here, and since you belong to him, what does this make possible? The simple answer is, “Whatever he wants.” What adventures await you today? Lucy will awake soon. We will laugh and play and eat. Then we will nap again. This is the best adventure yet!
I will enjoy the adventures of this day.
Our Father, thank you for calling us your own. Thank you that you are in charge now and forever. Thank you that nothing can wrench us from your grip. Thank you for majestic mountains and baby girls. Amen.
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Romans 2:4 Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin?
Acts 18:24-26 Meanwhile, a Jew named Apollos, an eloquent speaker who knew the Scriptures well, had arrived in Ephesus from Alexandria in Egypt. He had been taught the way of the Lord, and he taught others about Jesus with an enthusiastic spirit and with accuracy. However, he knew only about John’s baptism. When Priscilla and Aquila heard him preaching boldly in the synagogue, they took him aside and explained the way of God even more accurately.