The Joy of Glory

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Lent Devotional: Joshua 23:1-11

Joshua 23:1-11 (click here)
…you have seen all that the LORD your God has done to all these nations for your sake, for it is the LORD your God who has fought for you…

The LORD your God will push them back before you and drive them out of your sight…

For the LORD has driven out before you great and strong nations…

…it is the LORD your God who fights for you, just as he promised you.
(Joshua 23:3, 5, 9, and 10)

Reflection
Joshua was a strong military leader.

He’d spent his life fighting battle after battle and had seen much success. He was a leader. A decorated solider. Followed and respected.

Joshua had every reason to be self-confident and trust in his own abilities. Yet at the end of his life, when he looked back over all the battles fought and victories won, he saw one thing… the sovereign hand of God!

It was the Lord who had fought for Israel. It was God who led them into the promised land as he drove other nations out. It was God who kept all his promises. Joshua may have yelled commands, held a shield, and wielded a sword, but God was at work in his voice, strength, and skill.

No matter what each of us do, we must ask to whom do we give the credit for our successes? When we get to the end of our days… if the Lord allows us time to reflect… in whom will we boast?

We are a people who boast in the Lord and the Lord alone! For others may trust in horses, and still others in chariots, but we will trust in the name of the Lord our God! No matter the means, it is always the sovereign hand of God working through it for our ultimate good, which is his glory!

So as you go about your day, each and every day, rely upon the power that God has promised to provide for you to do his will, for his glory, in everything. “Whether you each or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”

…for it is the Lord who fights for you!

*All previous devotionals may be found at www.thejoyofglory.com
*The complete SVCC Lenten reading guide is available here.

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Lent Devotional: Joshua 21:43-45

Joshua 21:43-45
Thus the LORD gave to Israel all the land that he swore to give to their fathers. And they took possession of it, and they settled there. And the LORD gave them rest on every side just as he had sworn to their fathers. Not one of all their enemies had withstood them, for the LORD had given all their enemies into their hands. Not one word of all the good promises that the LORD had made to the house of Israel had failed; all came to pass.

Reflection
Think about Israel’s journey up to this point.

They had been slaves in Egypt for 400 years. The process of their rescue was anything, but quick. Then they wandered through the wilderness for 40 years as an entire disobedient generation passed away. And these are just the “highlights.”

Through all of this, they were told again and again that the Lord would be faithful to the promises he had made to their forefather Abraham nearly 700 years earlier! I think it can be really easy for us to read their story and scoff at their unfaithfulness and doubts. I’m always like, “Come on Israel! Keep it together! God will be faithful to do all he has promised to do! Trust him!”

And yet… in my own life… how often do I doubt God’s faithfulness to his promises when my “waiting period” has only been a matter of days, months, or even a couple of years. How often does my trust waiver when I am by no means facing starvation as I spend my life wandering through a literal wilderness.

It is so easy for me to read Joshua 21:43-45 and shake my head at Israel’s failure to trust God’s faithfulness. But in truth, this passage should remind me that no matter how delayed I feel like God’s promises are in my own life… even 40 years or 700 years… he will be faithful to do all he has promised to do.

“Not one word of all the good promises that the LORD had made to the house of Israel had failed; all came to pass.”

*All previous devotionals may be found at www.thejoyofglory.com
*The complete SVCC Lenten reading guide is available here.

Lenten Sermon: John 15:1-11

John 15:1-11
On Sundays there will be no written devotional as the reading for that day also serves as the sermon text for Shades Valley Community Church. If you would like to listen to this morning’s sermon on John 15:1-11 you may do so by clicking here.

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