Do you love jewels, my friends? Here is another confession of mine–I do love jewels!
Just the sight of them makes me so high-spirited. I don’t normally care if they are genuine or just imitations. I just know that I am fascinated with the simple beauty of crystals and stones.
Today, I brought a box of jewels but I want to tell you that they are far better than the most expensive jewels in the world.
I hope you’ll open your jewellery box (your heart) and feel free to take whichever you want to keep for good from this box of precious jewels from the book of Joshua.
These are practical lessons that the Holy Spirit impressed upon my heart when I studied this book of Joshua, a book which I would personally describe as the book of battles’ stories.
I’ll try to keep my list short and simple. I hope that you can check these truths for yourselves by highlighting the verses I will mention here especially if you are a new Bible explorer.
Here you go:
1. God is sure to go with us as long as we follow and do His will (Joshua 1:6-9).
The key to any spiritual success is meditation upon His word. The Bible will surely keep us sane as we face our daily battles.
2. God is more than willing to save anyone, who has the darkest past, as long as he or she professes faith in His deity.
You can guess who I am talking about here from the second chapter of the book of Joshua. It’s Rahab the harlot. She, upon hearing God’s deliverance of Israel, allowed the soldiers of Israel to hide in her house (Joshua 2:1-14). These soldiers spied the land of Jericho since they would have to conquer this land at the command of God. Rahab’s assistance to these soldier is the proof her faith in the God of Israel. She said,
“For the LORD your God, He is God in heaven above and on earth beneath.” Joshua 2:11 (NASB)
Our unsaved loved ones with a seemingly dark past has the hope to be saved through the blood of Jesus. Needless to say, our personal spiritual victories can lead to his or her salvation so let’s keep on sharing the gospel with them through our lips and our lives. We cannot do that on our own so we have to prayerfully depend on the grace of God.
3. Our personal spiritual victories over struggles are for the sole purpose of making His name known to the pagans (i.e. unbelievers).
“On that day the LORD exalted Joshua in the sight of all Israel; so that they revered him, just as they had revered Moses all the days of his life….For the Lord your God dried up the waters of the Jordan before you until you had crossed, just as the Lord your God had done to the Red Sea, which He dried up before us until we had crossed; that all the peoples of the earth may know that the hand of the Lord is mighty, so that you may fear the Lord your God forever.” Joshua 4:14;23-24 [emphasis mine]
4. God warns us of covetousness since it can lead to our failure to follow His will (Joshua 6:18).
God’s warning is for our protection from misery and all forms of defeat.
5. God cannot give us His full blessing if we conceal any sin in our hearts.
Who is our example in Joshua 7? Yes, it’s Achan. He exhibited covetousness which prompted him to lie. Sadly, that seemingly simple disobedience led to a fatal punishment from God–his personal and family’s death.
In light of his experience, we can see that our personal sin today can inflict trouble to our descendants tomorrow. That’s why we need to ask God to continue giving us His special grace so we can make righteous decisions for the better welfare of our future generation and most of all, for His glory.
What did you learn from your recent meditation upon God’s Word? Kindly share them with me on the comment box and let’s continue encouraging one another to dig God’s Word daily. Consequently, we can find more precious jewels like the ones we discovered today from the book of Joshua.