Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Dovotion For Today

Joshua 21:44-45 (NIV)
The LORD gave
them rest on every side, just as he had sworn
to their forefathers. Not one of their enemies...
withstood them; the LORD handed all their
enemies over to them.
Not one of all the
Lord's good promises to the house of Israel
failed; every one was fulfilled.

In the eyes of the people, God had provided
everything He had promised them. He had
given them rest from their enemies. He
fought for them and gave them victory. Is it
any different for us today? Will the LORD fight
your battles for you and keep all His
promises to you? Absolutely! You can count
on it. It may not always be in the way you
imagine or be without battles. Battles are
good for us.
In the history of Israel, this period seems to
be their most faithful period. These years of
battles and victories seem to have the least
amount of compromise and murmuring.
Does that tell us anything? We wonder why
life seems to be so full of struggle. Perhaps
we would be worse off if we had no battles
before us to keep us on our knees, asking for
God's help.
We often wonder if we will ever see the end of
conflict, a time when the battles are over, and
we can rest. Yes, it is coming. The LORD will
give us rest, but not in this life. Oh, you will
have breaks between battles, but we need
the battles to grow and move forward. We
need to keep taking the land as long as we
are here. When there was no external enemy
to fight, Israel's history showed that they
turned inward and lost the spiritual battles
with idolatry and being discontented. Thank
God for the battles. Keep taking the land. In
God's time you will have rest on every side.
Prayer: Lord, help me appreciate the battles,
knowing they are for my eternal good.
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