Thursday, October 15, 2015

Obedience to God

10 Then Joshua commanded the officers of the people, saying, 11 "Pass through the camp and command the people, saying, ‘Prepare provisions for yourselves, for within three days you will cross over this Jordan, to go in to possess the land which the Lord your God is giving you to possess.'"

16 So they answered Joshua, saying, "All that you command us we will do, and wherever you send us we will go. 17 Just as we heeded Moses in all things, so we will heed you. Only the Lord your God be with you, as He was with Moses. 18 Whoever rebels against your command and does not heed your words, in all that you command him, shall be put to death. Only be strong and of good courage."

Joshua 1:10-11 and 16-18, NKJV

Obedience to God
The time has come! Within three days, the people must be ready to cross the Jordan River. Moses is gone; Joshua is their new leader, and it is time to advance. Don't you love the response of the people to Joshua's command?  "All that you command us we will do, and wherever you send us we will go."

Oh, that we had such a zealous response to the commandments of God. It is tempting to say that we would gladly respond in such a manner if God's commands were as explicit to us as they were to the children of Israel. Is that a valid point?

No! We have the completed Word of God. Most Christians throughout our world today can get a Bible written in their language. And, for those who are not able to read, organizations such as Wycliffe Bible Translators now produces audio tapes of the Bible or portions of the Bible. Why, then, do we see such apathy in the church of God?

As we continue in our study of Joshua, we will find that, though the people appeared zealous at the commandments of God, their obedience faltered continually. Even in their very first campaign against Jericho, sin overcame the call to obedience in the life of one Israelite, and the entire nation suffered.

In this, the 21st Century, perfect obedience to the Word of God is continually challenged. Oh how we love the idea of a God of love, but we are must less comfortable with a God of justice. We desire His loving understanding, but take issue when His actions appear unkind or unjustified to us.

In the Old Testament, and particularly in the book of Joshua, we are continually confronted with a just and holy God. The commandment, "Be ye holy; for I am holy." (1 Peter 1:16) applies to believers today just as much as it applied to God's people when commanded in the book of Leviticus. Let us not redefine God, for in doing so we will find ourselves worshiping a false god of our making and not the God of the Bible.

Let us this day, say to God, "All that you command us we will do, and wherever you send us we sill go." Perfect obedience is not possible on this side of heaven, but by the grace of God, may we find ourselves continually seeking God's help to live faithfully for Him.

God Bless You,

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