Friday, March 4 Devotion

from Beverly Abajian

Reading: Psalm 32;  Joshua 4:14; II Corinthians 5:6-15

God was using Joshua to be raised up as the next leader for this new generation of Israelites.   He had already witnessed the parting of the Red Sea and knew what God could do.  Joshua 4:14 “ On that day the LORD magnified Joshua in the sight of all Israel; and they feared him, as they had feared Moses, all the days of his life.”

Paraphrasing Joshua 4:17-18, As soon as the priests came up out of the Jordan,  the waters returned to flood stage.  Again we have in Psalm 32:6 “ …Surely in a flood of great waters they shall not come near him.”  God keeps reminding us that when we are in over our heads, He is with us.

In Joshua 4:20-24, Joshua had each of the heads of the twelve tribes of Israel carry a stone from the Jordan to bring to Gilgal.  There they made a memorial to the Lord.  So when their children asked them what are these stones for, they can tell them how God parted the flood waters of the Jordan so they could get safely through on dry ground.  Psalm 32:6We always need to remember what God has done for us and testify to others to build up their faith, trust and hope during times of trials.

In the New testament we have the Holy Spirit as our guide and Helper.   II Corinthians 5:5 – “ Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.”

II Corinthians 5:7- “ For we walk by faith, not by sight.”    This is what the Israelites had to do when Joshua lead them across the Jordan.  And many a time we have to as well.

II Corinthians 5:8-9    “ We are confident , yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.”  “ Thereforewe make it our aim whether to be present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him.”`

II Corinthians 5:14- “ For the love of Christ constrains us,…” Paul is compelled to please Godand to share the Gospel and we also must do the same with His help

II Corinthians 5:15 – “ and He died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.

Jesus has also given us theCommunion to remember Him.  And with the power of the Holy Spirit we can go therefore and make disciples of all nations.