At that time Joshua went and destroyed the Anakites from the hill country: from Hebron, Debir and Anab, from all the hill country of Judah, and from all the hill country of Israel. Joshua totally destroyed them and their towns. No Anakites were left in Israelite territory; only in Gaza, Gath and Ashdod did any survive.
What are the “impossible” situations before you today? Who stands against you, and against the work of God? Have faith that he is ready to give victory, no matter how small you might seem or how overwhelming the opposition may appear. Believe him for victory.
As the Lord commanded his servant Moses, so Moses commanded Joshua, and Joshua did it; he left nothing undone of all that the Lord commanded Moses.
We are to obey God all the time, under every circumstance, no matter what he asks of us, even when it may not be popular or easy. As Joshua found, this might mean tackling a massive problem like the walls of Jericho. But we must believe him and move forward in faith, learning from the past, seeking his guidance, depending on him.
Our goals? To be able to look back at our lives and say that we have “left nothing undone” that God has commanded us to do. Make this our commitments.
When the people of Gibeon heard what Joshua had done to Jericho and Ai, they resorted to a ruse: They went as a delegation whose donkeys were loaded with worn-out sacks and old wineskins, cracked and mended. They put worn and patched sandals on their feet and wore old clothes. All the bread of their food supply was dry and moldy. Then they went to Joshua in the camp at Gilgal and said to him and the Israelites, “We have come from a distant country; make a treaty with us.”
Before you make decisions, stop to check the facts. Think. Dig deeper. Don’t give in to pride or flattery, but stay humble before God. Pray, and seek his wisdom. Commit everything to him, before you make decisions.
Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. All of us, then, who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you.
No matter where you are on your journey, remember that you can mature even more. Don’t be content with the status quo. Press on toward that upward call.
He said: “The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation. He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior from violent people you save me.
Through his words, Key reminded us that we must always depend on God. As individuals, and as a nation. In your life, make sure that you are trusting in him. But also make this a day to pray for your country and your leaders.
When they returned to Joshua, they said, “Not all the army will have to go up against Ai. Send two or three thousand men to take it and do not weary the whole army, for only a few people live there.”
Be careful to lay your plans before God. Commit your way to him, in advance, and don’t take him for granted. Make sure that your actions are consistent with his word, and that you have the peace of the holy spirit. And bathe your actions and plans in prayer. Seeking him. Confident in him. Trusting him.
Now the gates of Jericho were securely barred because of the Israelites. No one went out and no one came in. Then the Lord said to Joshua, “See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, along with its king and its fighting men.
Do you face problems that seem to have no solutions? The answer? Seek God. Commit your needs to him. Believe his word. Trust him. And walk by faith, not by sight.