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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Thursday, September 1, 2016
The format for my blog is going to be a little different for this month and October. I am in the process of getting ready to go on vacation and I have misplaced The Upper Room.
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Today’s scripture reading:
* Willingness to follow
Why did God give Joshua all these complicated instructions for the battle? Several answers are possible: (1) God was making it undeniably clear that the battle would depend upon him, and not upon Israel’s weapons and expertise. This is why priests carrying the Ark, not soldiers, led the Israelites into battle. (2) God’s method of taking the city accentuated the terror already felt in Jericho. (3) This strange military maneuver was a test of the Israelites’ faith and their willingness to follow God completely. The blowing of the trumpets had a special significance. They had been instructed to blow the same trumpets used in the religious festivals in their battles to remind them that their victory would come from the Lord, not their own military might. Horns used by Joshua to flatten the walls of Jericho. (NLT)
Joshua 6:3-5 – Your entire army is to march around the city once a day for six days. Seven priests will walk ahead of the Ark, each carrying a ram’s horn. On the seventh day you are to march around the city seven times, with the priests blowing the horns. When you hear the priests give one long blast on the horns, have all the people give a mighty shout. Then the walls of the city will collapse, and the people can charge straight into the city.”
* Scriptures in the Bible a map to guide us
The psalmist said that he is a “foreigner here on earth,” and so he needed guidance. Almost any long trip requires a map or guide. As we travel through life, the Bible, Scriptures, should be our road map, pointing out safe routes, obstacles to avoid, and our final destination. We must recognize ourselves as pilgrims, travelers here on earth who need to study God’s map, Scripture, to learn the way. If we ignore the map, Scripture, we will wander aimlessly through life and risk missing our real destination. (NLT)
Psalm 119:19 – I am but a foreigner here on earth; I need the guidance of your commands. Don’t hide them from me!