Today you should read: Joshua 4
The final buzzer sounds and one team hoists up the coveted NCAA championship trophy. Unfortunately, this team happened to be the University of Connecticut Huskies (UCONN) and not the Kentucky Wildcats (UK)….bummer. For the whole month of March, 68 teams battle for a chance at that trophy, not because the trophy itself is special, but because of everything it represents. The team that wins is considered the best team of this season. UCONN will go down in history as the best team in 2011 and that trophy will sit in their trophy case as a monument to their greatness.
In Joshua 4 we see this idea of a monument. The Lord instructed Joshua to appoint twelve men from each tribe of Israel. Each man was to take up a stone from the Jordan to build a monument dedicated to the crossing of the Jordan into the Promised Land. What did the monument represent? Did it represent the greatness of Joshua and the people of Israel? Absolutely not. It was to be a sign of the significance of Israel crossing the Jordan and entering into the Promised Land, and to show how the Lord provided the way.
In verse 14, the Lord exalts Joshua in the sight of all of Israel. Joshua was such an awesome warrior and a brave man, but this is not why God exalted him. Joshua was exalted because of His faith and obedience to the Lord. In Joshua 1, God made a promise to always be with Joshua and he had faith in God’s promise. Everything Joshua did was always about God and Joshua made sure that everyone knew that.
In our lives, we have a lot of monuments. We have our favorite teams that we so desperately want to win that trophy. We have the next big job or promotion. We have our degrees that show how smart we are. We can make almost anything a monument. Now, the things that I have listed are not inherently bad; the sin comes when we make the things in our lives monuments to ourselves and not to God. God is the only reason we have anything. Everything He has given us should be used to worship Him and not ourselves.
One question: Are you plagiarizing God?
Posted by: Chad Wiles