May 13, 2014

Today you should read: Deuteronomy 31:14-22

What if you were about to take a new job and, right before you singed on the dotted line, your boss said to you, “just a heads up, this job is going to stink. You will have a lot of problems from day one. Your co-workers will hate you most of the time. You will feel like the only one doing the work while everyone else is complaining and looking for another job. They will expect a ton out of you but give you no credit for it. In the end they will all leave the company and leave you to shoulder the load all by yourself. Now, it’s time to sign that contract.” Sound like a dream job? I know I wouldn’t want to sign up for that. Today’s passage is the first real pep talk Joshua gets from God before taking Moses’ place as leader. Not exactly a rah-rah style pep talk! Even though this passage is very much a bummer of a start for Joshua there is a lot of good in it. First we see that…

God was real with Joshua

God didn’t sugar coat it. Back to our job scenario, how would you feel if you were told a bunch of fluff about the job like, “this is a great place to work,” or, “everyone is so committed to working hard and together as a team” only to find out the truth after you have moved your family, bought a house and started the new job? Probably wouldn’t be too thrilled. It is much easier to handle opposition when you see it coming ahead of you. God was simply giving Joshua a heads up. Secondly we see that…

God gave them a warning

At the job again, if the boss tells you all this bad stuff in advance, before you sign up, you then have the option to jump in or not. God was, in a way, giving Joshua and the people that option here. God was letting Joshua and the people know that this was coming, therefore giving them the knowledge to correct it. For most of this book we have heard Moses say over and over again, “don’t turn from God to idols” in a number of different ways. This seems to be another warning against that for the people. And finally, not to steal tomorrow’s thunder, but tomorrow we will see that…

God promised to be with Joshua

Which, we will see makes all the difference. So, for today, understand that God is real with us, too. Jesus said “in this life you will have trouble.” No sugar on that. Know that God has warned us as well that idols in our lives will bring sorrow, misery, and trouble just like it brought the Israelites. To quote God’s word from 1 John 5:21, put simply for us…

Dear children, Keep yourselves from idols

Posted: Robbie Byrd

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Author: cpclexington

Lexington & Richmond KY

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