October 6, 2016

Today you should read: Joshua 8

Joshua’s leadership shines…

The people of Israel had just experienced defeat. It wasn’t each individual person’s fault, per se, but one bad apple definitely spoiled the bunch. That bad apple was Achan, and the people suffered because of his selfishness. How would they react? How would their leader react? This was a shining moment for both.

Joshua, through the invitation of God, charged forward in chapter 8 to overtake Ai. Not only this, he also led the people in repentance and recommitment. Like Achan, they needed to get focused on their mission. God’s leader rose to the challenge. Today’s reading reminded me of an encounter that Billy Graham once had with someone following one of his crusades. I’ll get to why, but first, take this in:

“Someone asked me recently if I didn’t think God was unfair, allowing me to have Parkinson’s and other medical problems when I have tried to serve him faithfully. I replied that I did not see it that way at all. Suffering is part of the human condition, and it comes to us all. The key is how we react to it, either turning away from God in anger and bitterness or growing closer to him in trust and confidence.” – Billy Graham {emphasis mine}

The people of Israel could have sat around questioning God or jabbering about Achan. They could have cowered in fear to Ai. That’s not what happened here. They reacted well. This is vital… It’s a great lesson to learn in life. It’s also a great indicator of our maturity in Christ.

What did you learn from today’s passage? How do you react when things don’t go your way? “Bitterness or growing closer to Him…”? Through the power of the Holy Spirit, choose well.

By: Todd Thomas

Author: Center Point Church

A multi-campus church in central Kentucky. Our mission is to take everyone we meet one step closer to becoming a true disciple of Jesus Christ.

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