There were a number of memorable moments these past few days, and one of my favorites was quiet times with my Savior in the cozy lodge. An enormous wood fire crackled behind where we sat, gazing out on the majesty of rolling mountains and the Columbia River. Hot tea, classical piano music to tune out the background noise, and my Bible all came together to enhance these rejuvenating “dates with Jesus”.
I am in the middle of a Bible-in-a-year plan and finished up the books of Joshua and Mark last week. It’s been a long time since I’ve read through the Old Testament in a consecutive manner, and I’d forgotten the richness at the end of Joshua. Walk briefly with me through three of my favorite nuggets from Chapter 23.
“And 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.” (Joshua 23:3) Just like He was for Israel, the King of Kings is on our side in the battle. How incredible is it to be able to say that God fights for us? Fights for us both in the inward battle against our flesh, and in the battle we wage as we live for Him in an evil world.
“But you shall cling to the Lord your God just as you have done to this day.” (Joshua 23:8) I love the imagery here. The Hebrew word for “cling” literally means to cling, stick, stay close, follow closely. There is nothing lackluster or halfway about this concept. We cannot cling to God while dabbling in things that oppose His Word. When we cling to Jesus Christ, our hands are no longer free to hold on to the lesser things of this life.
“And you know in your hearts and souls, all of you, that not one word has failed of all the good things that the Lord your God promised concerning you. All have come to pass for you, not one of them has failed.” (Joshua 23:14b) This is reality for the Christian, just as it was for Israel thousands of years ago. Every one of the promises He has given will come to complete and perfect fruition. I love thinking of this in relation to Jesus’s return. Surely, it will come to pass, because He has promised that it will be so. We have His Word. And His Word never fails.
I think I may begin repeating a plan similar to this every year, because without it I miss so many rich truths that are tucked away in obscure passages. It’s a joy to unpack God’s truth for myself. I’m reminded of what a blessing it is to legally own a Bible and have access to it at all times, without fear.
I’d love to hear what Scripture has spoken to your heart in recent days.