Friday, October 13
There are a lot of great tidbits in today’s reading of Joshua 5. Go ahead and read it and see what you find.
I love the part about the foreign kings’ hearts melting as they lost courage to fight against the Israelites and their powerful God. (vs 1).
I love the part about the men following through to show they were committed to a new start in following God with their whole mind, body and strength – being set apart as God’s unique and chosen people (vs 2-9).
I love the part about the Israelites eating food grown in Canaan for the first time – and the manna from the sky – which God had provided for 40 years – stopping on the very next day (vs 10-12).
But my favorite part is when Joshua is approaching Jericho and meets an armed man – but he can’t tell if he is friend or foe. So he courageously approaches him and asks. The man, with drawn sword replies, “Neither, but as commander of the army of the LORD I have now come.” (vs 14). I am impressed with Joshua – not only brave and courageous, but humble as well. Joshua, and all of the Israelites likely, considered Joshua to be the commander of the army of the Lord – until meeting this man/being with drawn sword. But rather than arrogantly questioning this – he falls at his feet and instead asks what message the Lord has for Joshua. I pray that I would be as courageous as Joshua – along with as humbly compliant. Not standing up to God, or his commander, not proudly speaking of my battle plan or claiming titles – but at his feet – asking for directions – and then courageously stepping out to do them.