How do we see the promises of God fulfilled in our lives? We're sitting on the answer. Here it is...
Joshua, Chapter 18: The Calling
"How long are you going to sit around on your hands, putting off taking possession of the land that God, the God of your ancestors has given you?"
That section of Scripture in Joshua, Chapter 18 is powerful.
It hits me right in the heart. It humbles me. It reminds me. It implores me.
And most transparently, it calls to me.
I think about times where I have "sat on my hands" when I should have been standing to my feet. And then I look at the back half of that phrase...
"...the land that God...has given you."
Do you see it?
We complain, whine, and refuse to move. And to be honest, we don't even have an excuse that makes sense. We've been told that it will all work out in the end, but somehow we've managed to miss that point, and stall out.
If Chapter 17 was about A CLEARING, Chapter 18 is about OUR CALLING.
And one word comes into play that we must embrace in order to live in it.
Our calling isn't an uber service. It's not a fast food drive-through.
We want to be dropped off at our destination, and have something handed to us along the way. But how do we intend to pay for it, if we haven't worked for it?
Our calling is W-O-R-K.
Too often we want to see an completely clear picture before we take the first step.
In Joshua 18 we see the incredible detail involved for them to receive their promise.
They had to survey the land. And they weren't doing it in a brand new Chevy Tahoe that swung through the drive through. They were on foot. They walked to the point of exhaustion. They were very likely tired, sore, and in need of rest. Then...once they had the coordinates, they needed to put it to paper. They had to build a presentation for Joshua. And with their surveying behind them, and work in their hands, they made their way back to camp to wait on the word from Joshua.
It's going to take an intentional commitment to a process for our progress.
It's also going to take obedience in the face of convenience.
When a short-cut looks more attractive, we'll need to be extra attentive.
Every number. Every line. Every word.
How does that story translate into our world today?
Far too often we take an "I'll know it when I see it" approach to life.
What does that mean?
We wait for things to be dropped in our lap, when what we need to be doing is moving, mapping, and presenting. We need to be rolling up our sleeves and working for what comes next if we'll see the process through...our blessing.
(*45) Sitting on our hands prevents us from taking possession of God's promises.
We sit around like pros. Sometimes we even call it prayer. Sorry if that's uncomfortable, but I think it's true. Now, there's nothing wrong with being still. Nothing wrong with quiet moments in prayer. It's when still and quiet become our permanent posture that we begin to get ourselves into trouble.
When we have been called to move, we need to learn the discipline of praying on the way. Prayer, fasting, and obedience move together. They are three strands that braid a source of strength directly from the Lord that we can hang onto.
How do we see the promises of God fulfilled in our lives?
We're sitting on the answer.
We need to grab the rope, and pull ourselves up off our hands.
It's time to get to work.
A CLEARING: It's about preparation.
A CALLING: It's about work.
A COVERING: The Blessing.
That's coming in Chapter 19.
(Joshua Chapter 17)
Ocean Road Book update...
It's been a while since the last chapter was written. With the break in the writing came the need to re-read, re-fresh, and prepare to share from the original notes I took while on our family's vacation back where this journey all started a couple of summer's ago.
The cool part is, as time has passed, I have even more perspective to share. It'll be a little of what I learned initially, and what has jumped out to me as I've studied the chapters again intentionally. I'm stoked to share it with you.
So let's jump back in...
If we aren't careful we can read so fast through the next few chapters that all we see is more names we can't pronounce. We get a steady dose of geography, directions, and where people were settling in to live. It can feel kind of like reading the phone book. Riveting, I know.
Something REALLY cool happens in the 17th, 18th, and 19th chapters of Joshua that is like finding hidden treasure. I'm going to share three words with you right now that tie the three chapters together.
One word per chapter. I'll explain more in a bit.
Joshua, Chapter 17: The Clearing.
"It's nothing but trees now, but you will clear the land and make it your own from one end to the other." (The Message version)
Here's the backstory:
What happens when the inheritance given to us doesn't seem like enough for us? Perhaps we aren't experiencing a lack of opportunity or provision in our lives at all. It might just be that in order to experience all the the Lord has set to give us depends on work we need to do.
The Tribe of Manasseh was receiving their inheritance in this chapter, but they became a little, shall we say, obstinate. They started to whine, mumble, and feel a little sorry for themselves. I imagine their version of what receiving an inheritance should look like would be more like a Super Bowl party and less like work.
Hence the word I mentioned previously: CLEARING.
Sometimes our "inheritance", doesn't come pre-packaged/easy. Whatever we think we deserve requires us to check our ego and dump a bucket of hard work on the fire in our belly that is entitlement.
In this chapter, the crew from Manasseh decided they needed a little break. (v.13) They where tired. Reading between the lines it seems like they mustered up enough energy to do some work, just not the quality they were capable of. They stopped short. They settled. Instead of driving the Canaanites out, they let them work for them. It was easier that way, but it wasn't the best way.
Have you ever been there?
Close enough. Good enough. That'll do.
The whole pie is more valuable than a slice.
They were content with a partial promise, but God wanted to give them the whole thing.
And as the story continued, (v.14) the people took it one step further. Not only were they stopping short, they were attempting to complain that they got the short end of the stick. The people complained about the lack of land. And here's the point.
Don't ask for a hand-out, when you are given a hand-up.
Work for it.
(*44)We need to see the forest for the trees by seeing our situation differently...as opportunity.
There are times in our life where the next great thing in our lives is absolutely going to depend on our ability to see things from 30,000 feet. Our human instincts to complain about the obstacles we see in our immediate path need to take a back seat to the opportunity that is there once we get them out of our way. We don't always have a lack problem, we have a looking problem. We have more than we need, but we are going to have to bust our tails and work for it.
For the people of Joseph, it meant literally clearing a forest.
Much like the call that Haggai makes when he charges the people, and leaders of his day to finish building the Temple, instead of their own homes and comfy lives first.
This is what the Lord Almighty says: "Give careful thought to your ways. Go up into the mountains and bring down timber and build the house, so that I may take pleasure in it and be honored," says the Lord.
Work. Legit, hard work.
And this is what Joshua did next...
In the middle of their temper-tantrum, Joshua lays down a challenge. He offers them more, but receiving it will depend on their response. (v.15)
He tells them to "go up into the forest and CLEAR LAND for yourselves."
See it again?
GO UP INTO.
Hit the road, Jack. Bust your tail. Get er' done. Roll your sleeves up. Dig in. Time to climb, get after it, and you'll see what's waiting for you on the other side of it.
Now, you'd think that would have done the trick, right? Joshua dropped a pretty solid half-time speech. Certainly the people put on their favorite runners and were off.
The people of Joshua replied, "The hill country is not enough for us, and all the Canaanites who live in the plain and have iron chariots, both those in Beth Shan and its settlements and this in the Valley of Jezreel."
Waaaahhhhh...this isn't fair! The hill country isn't enough. We're getting a raw deal.
The real issue?
The flat land had enemies in it, that they were scared they couldn't remove from it.
Joshua told them to clear more land and they'd have enough room. Sweet, problem solved. But instead of grabbing an axe and getting to work, they shifted to the next excuse they could find. And honestly...I think this was their issue all along.
Their enemies had heavy machinery, and they were scared out of their minds that they wouldn't be able to take them on. The trees were a convenient cover up for their real concern: The Canaanites.
Who are your Canaanites?
Come on...we all have them. It's figurative, not literal. But we all have them. Some obstacle that we never fess up to being afraid of, so we put up a false wall of excuses to anyone that will listen so we don't have to admit it.
The trees were their false wall, the Canaanites were what really terrified them.
The sooner we can remove the hay bails of excuses we stack, the better off we'll be, so we can take down the real issue in our heart that is holding us back.
How about a few practical examples:
It's not about the other people you are up against for the job, it's the very real fear of being seen as not qualified, or a failure when you don't get the interview, or the job...so you don't send in your resume.
It's not the busy work schedule you have, it's admitting you could be done sooner, but then you'd have to actually be a better spouse, parent, or friend. The long hours make you look like a hero, but being present in the lives of those closest to you scares the crap out of you.
It's not that eating healthier is more expensive, or that you can't afford a new wardrobe if you drop the weight, or that the medicine helping you isn't on your insurance...it's you having to admit you need someone to hold you accountable, and you are worried you'll bail from the process that you need to commit to so you are living the healthy lifestyle you need to so that you can stay on this earth.
I could go on and on. The fact is, there isn't one of us that doesn't complain about the forest for the trees. There isn't one of us that is fooling anyone about what the real issue(s) is/are. God sees it in us, just like he saw it in the people of Joseph. They were whining about lumber, when it was really about feeling inferior.
See the correlation in our lives?
So what do we do next?
CLEAR THE LAND.
We need to do what we can, with what we have, where we are.
We can't worry about what might happen a few steps down the road, we have to simply bring our best effort to what is right in front of us, and trust in the Lord that he knows what is best for us.
Look at what Joshua tells them in the next verse (v. 17)
But Joshua said to the house of Joseph-to Ephraim and Manasseh- "You are numerous and very powerful. You will have not one allotment but the forested hill country as well. CLEAR IT, and its farthest limits will be yours; though the Canaanites have iron chariots and though they are strong, you can drive them out."
Cue applause. Cue Hollywood orchestra. Cue whatever is banging around in your head and heart right now that will get you up out of your pity party, and on to clearing whatever obstacle, land, or otherwise is serving as a giant, negative, distraction in your life right now.
That's Joshua, Chapter 17. That's only one third of the meat on the bone that is:
CLEARING. CALLING. COVERING.
For now, let's hit pause and look at some reflection questions. But once that time is over, get ready to move from CLEARING...to Chapter 18...THE CALLING.
(*44)We need to see the forest for the trees by seeing our situation differently...as opportunity.
What "land" do you need to clear in your life right now?
What "work" do you need to do?
What "promise" have you been shown that hinges on your diligence to work for it?
What "limitation" are you complaining about, that was actually given to you to grow you as you overcame it?
What "though" challenge ("though the Canaanites have iron chariots, and though they are strong, you can drive them out.") do you need to push through to unlock all that God has for you?
How to PUSH THROUGH a challenge, and MOVE INTO your calling.
We will unpack THE CALLING in the next chapter, Joshua 18.
(Joshua, Chapter 16)
More boundaries by the sea.
In a nutshell, that is what Chapter 16 of Joshua talks about. We found out where the people connected to Joseph and Ephraim settled down.
But as I looked back on the rest of my notes from this day, something happened. Something pretty significant. At first glance, this chapter and day would have been pretty easy to skim over.
Have you ever been going through your day, week, month, year...and everything seemed pretty normal...only to have a bombshell of a notion dropped on you? I think we can all relate to that on some level. Sometimes that results in what feels like extra weight on us, and other times, a burden lifted off of us. We'd all rather that latter.
On August 13, 2015 a weight lifted. I'll do my best to share the thoughts that came to me, in hopes that as you read this, a weight lifts for you, too.
(*41) We want the inheritance that comes from the investment, without making the deposit.
There are times in life when we can't figure out why the needle on our relationships doesn't move. Why we don't feel more connected. Why all cylinders aren't clicking. It's because we aren't making the deposit emotionally. Drip by drip. Word by word. Comment by comment. If we want to experience joy relationally, we have to ask ourselves what we are bringing to the journey emotionally. Do we lift one another up, or tear down? Do we anticipate needs, or make excuses?
Let's take the idea of making an emotional deposit one step further.
There are actually two types of deposits.
The first is one we make into an account we can draw from. Our account. We agree with ourselves to do with less now, in order to have something to count on later. We can go back and draw from the encouragement of that commitment when we need it. But if that is the only kind of deposit we make, it ends up a pretty shallow existence.
Why is that?
Because emotional deposits, by their nature, are meant for others. We can die with a million dollars in our savings, and it will have done nothing to change the world around us. It works the same way with our hearts. All the intent, and none of the delivery, means we've been an emotional miser. We need to be able to release some of our emotional energy into the people around us, if we want our lives to make an impact.
So let's talk about the deposit that is made into the life of someone else.
The very act of making a deposit into an account that isn't ours, means we have less than we did when we started. That kind of deposit requires doing without, or less, now...so that we'll have something valuable later. The words we release from our lips, and the actions from our hands and feet leave a void in us, so that it fills the heart of someone we care about. But here's the thing...that usually comes back as an investment well made. It tends to multiply and boomerang back.
(*42) Stop pushing the boundaries, and start honoring the one who put them there.
The next thought that tugged on my heart that day was this:
Perhaps there is symbolism in the fact that God used water to define boundaries, because he alone held the power to move them. It defied logic that water could be heaped up, stopped up, and moved the way that God did.
Here's another way to see it: When logic is defied, God is glorified.
Put another way: When God is the only one who can move the boundary, He is the only one who can receive the Glory.
Those thoughts start to put a lot in perspective, don't they?
If you aren't sure whether you agree with that, I get it. We've all struggled with the thought that we wouldn't be the one to call all the shots. We struggle when we stare down relational, physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual obstacles in our lives. It was water for the people of Joshua's time. We have boats, planes, jet skis, water skis, helicopters, and hang gliders to get past the whole water obstacle. So water isn't the obstacle. But we have ours, don't we?
The point is simply this: There are going to be times in our lives when we have an obstacle in front of us, that we have 0% ability to move.
We can either fight the fact that we can't change the circumstances, or call on the only who can. And then we stand in a "no matter what" faith stance. What is that? A whole lot easier said than done, but necessary nonetheless. That NO MATTER WHAT, we will trust the plans that the Lord has for us. If he removes the obstacle, great. And if he leaves it there, great. NO MATTER WHAT, we trust in his vision and decision for our lives. Whether it makes sense right now, years later, or not until the other side of heaven.
I realize the magnitude of the ask I am making of you. Of me. Of all of us.
My father-in-law passed away when he was 43 years old.
Can someone tell me how that is fair? Can someone tell me why God didn't remove the cancer, like he stopped up the water for the Israelites? I still can't figure that one out.
Yet, we move forward. We trust. We live. We see at a heart-level our need to trust in the Lord for a peace that passes all understanding, because understanding can sometimes fail our human brains.
And all of it will be ok. Not any easier at times. But ok. Why? Because the older I get, the more I sense that there is something WAY bigger than my needs, my understanding, and limited way of seeing life that is happening.
It was at this point, that I felt prompted to read another passage of scripture. I was sitting in the wooden adirondack chair on the house deck, letting my mind wander, and being pretty simplistic about the morning. I didn't take but a few moments to read chapter 16, so that is how I spent the remainder of my time. And it popped into my head.
Read Isaiah 51.
Here are a few of the verses that jumped off the page to me, as I applied them to the previous thoughts I was having.
"Pay attention, my people. Listen to me, nations. Revelation flows from me. My decisions light up the world."
The answer(s) we are looking for aren't something we have to look harder for. We'd actually do better to slow down, and do what this says. Pay attention. Listen.
These are the other verses that stood out, as I read Isaiah 51:
"One solitary man when I called him, but once I blessed him, he multiplied."
"My setting things right will never be obsolete."
"And didn't you once dry up the sea, the powerful waters of the deep, And then made the bottom of the ocean a road for the redeemed to walk across."
DID YOU SEE THAT?
I bolded and italicized it so you wouldn't miss it.
This was one of those "AHAAA!" moments. Somehow, I stayed out of my own way just long enough, and this happened. I had decided to pay attention...to listen. I intentionally asked the Lord to show me something. And he began to reveal this teaching. It was one thing to be reading Joshua. But what blew me away was how I felt led to read Isaiah 51, and how it aligned so perfectly with what I had been reading in Joshua.
Seriously...you can't make this stuff up.
I was beginning to understand that something much larger was happening on that porch in North Carolina.
And then this, towards the end of Isaiah 51:
"For I am God, your very own God, who stirs up the sea and whips up the waves."
He can whip it up, and stop it completely.
He does the whipping up and the stopping. And somewhere in the middle I've gotten really good at the whining and complaining because of my lack of understanding. Can you relate to that?
That Thursday on a North Carolina porch was a pretty profound moment in my journey with Christ. I wish you could have been there, too. You'll have to trust me when I say it happened as I just wrote about.
The very next morning, 7:36am to be exact, a thought came to me:
(*43) Gain as much knowledge as you can, so that your opinion doesn't cloud your judgement.
A humbling reminder that my opinion doesn't matter in the presence of a God who is simply trying to whisper truth to me. If I'm willing to be still...pay attention...listen, things change.
Wait until you see where we are headed over the next few chapters.
For now, let's finish off with some more of our reflection questions.
(*41) We want the inheritance that comes from the investment, without making the deposit.
(*42) Stop pushing the boundaries, and start honoring the one who put them there.
(*43) Gain as much knowledge as you can, so that your opinion doesn't cloud your judgement.
41. What deposits have you made in the lives of those you have influence into? What words of encouragement can you deposit? What actions can you take? What sacrifice(s) might you need to make so that you can do this? Who have you confided in, so that this becomes an intentional part of your life's journey, rather than something that fades because it lacked the accountability it needed to make it happen?
42. What are the boundaries you've been begrudging that you need to work within, and start leveraging?
43. What are you doing to intentionally pursue knowledge? Are you making time to simply sit and listen? To slow down? To unplug? What time of day works best for you to do this? Identify it. Make the adjustment(s) you need to, so that you can commit to it, and experience real life change as a result of it.
(Joshua Chapter 15)
There is something about Chapter 15 of Joshua that can go completely unnoticed. I'll be honest...there have been many, many times that I have raced past, scanned over, or blatantly ignored (thinking it couldn't possibly have any value) any part of the Bible where a list appears. Do you know what I mean? Have you been there? You are reading along and you bump into a list of this dude begat that dude who begat another name you couldn't pronounce. All of your best intentions to read your Bible turned into either shutting it and doing something else, or falling asleep due to the sheer boredom of something that seemed pointless.
Is that too harsh? Sorry...for me, it's real. When I've seen lists of names and places in the Bible I haven't always found much I can learn from them. Until recently. I wish I could tell you why. I wish it happened a whole lot earlier in life, to be honest. But for whatever reason, it didn't. But...I'll take it. I'm seeing things I've never seen, in parts of scripture I've previously ignored.
Enter Joshua 15.
At first glance, you see a list of places. And most of that list I struggle to even pronouce the names with some semblence of accuracy.
And then I noticed something.
Lots of water.
In Joshua 3 we walked through (figuratively for us, literally for the Israelites) the Jordan. We watched water pile up, and the Ocean Road concept come into full focus.
Now, in Joshua 15 we think we are looking at a simple dividing of properties. Like, a really boring meeting with a surveyor, and the local whoevers that plot land.
...the tip of the Salt Sea...
...the Brook of Egypt,...
, ending at the Sea.
: the Salt Sea...
...the mouth of the Jordan.
...the shallows of the Sea...
...the mouth of the Jordan,...
...the waters of En Shemesh....
...to the spring,...
...the waters of Nephtoah,...
: the coastline of the Great Sea.
...the upper and lower pools.
...to the sea,...
,,,the Brook of Egypt.
The Great Sea...
Sixteen different references of water, all talking about one thing.
Side note: Remember that the number 8 in the Bible means "New Beginnings". I get a sense that the Lord setting 16 references to water as a boundary in place is a reminder to us that new beginnings can come from what we see as firm limitations....boundaries. And not just 8....16. DOUBLE. Toss it in the "for what it's worth" category if you want to.
That, in and of itself, was interesting to me. That they kept defning boundaries not just in terms of land, and landmarks. They were doing it most often with water.
And here is what I hear in that.
Water was the very boundary that seemed to have the Israelites trapped...done in...toast. It was the one boundary that they had no ability to move past, or get through. It wasn't just a boundary, in Joshua 3 it very much looked like a death sentence. It looked like the end. It looked like there was absolutely, positively, NO WAY to get past that boundary.
Have you ever felt like there was an obstacle like that in your life?
I'd dare say there has been something for all of us, that has felt immovable.
And as scary and unsettling as that can feel, here is what I am learning.
(*39)When we recognize our boundaries, we'll stay on course.
What if we stopped seeing boundaries as the things that hold us back?
I think before we begrudge the boundary, there are a couple of things we could learn from them, so that we can experience a joy in life as we leverage them.
1. Boundaries keep us focused on doing what we can do, with what we have, where we are. Limitations aren't stopping points. They allow us to perform at our best within the safety of the borders they provide. Any more ground to cover at certain moments in life could be the very thing that at least would distract us, and at worse de-rail us.
2. Boundaries that look immovable are breeding grounds for a miracle. If everything in life is left only to us to work out, at some point our tires will blow out. There is a limit to our abilities. At some point human strength hits a wall. And it's in those moments, that God has the ability to show up and show off. He reminds us that when we are weak, He is strong. (2 Corinthians 12:9-10)
What we see as our limitations...what we see as our end?
I'm more certain now than ever before, that if we live a life as patient as Caleb's, we have the potential of experiencing water-moving miracles.
When I was writing my notes on this book, and walking the beaches, I kept experiencing thoughts like "You've never been on this road before."
It's starting to really click now.
An Ocean Road is every moment in our life that we see a boundary, and the Lord see's it as the exact moment to step in and do what only He can do. To choose the beautiful expression of His love for us...to CHOOSE to work through us. To peel back waters. To make ways where we see no ways.
(*40) Boundaries are the birthplace of miracles.
It's a huge perspective shift, and I realize it isn't always easy to see it in the moment. BUT...when we do? Man, oh man...things change.
(*39)When we recognize our boundaries, we'll stay on course.
(*40) Boundaries are the birthplace of miracles.
39. When you look around at your life, what do you see as your boundaries? Have you been angry and frustrated that they exist, or thankful that God can move you beyond them in ways unimaginable to us? If you were to pick one boundary that you can commit to seeing as a blessing what would it be? Will you share it with a close friend that can hold you accountable to allow the Lord to do with it what he pleases?
40. What miracle are you waiting for? Say it out loud. Can you turn your back to the boundary and see...just like the Israelites saw their foes...hard times pressing in? What one thing can you do right now to be content in those moments? Is it easy? Let me answer that for us...no way, no how, no when. Is it a promise in scripture that if God has called us to something...much like he did with Joshua...that He can and will move on our behalf?
*BONUS: This is way easier to read in print, than put into practice. How do I know that? I'm in that moment right now. We've either been there before, are now, or will be again. Just know you aren't alone. It's an "us" thing. Find your confidants, and share your heart. It's very likely that when you do...not only will you feel blessed...but so will they when they realize they aren't alone either. We need one another. Don't go it alone. Find comfort in linking arms, standing with our backs to our specific waters edge. Then watch as God shows up, shows off, and reminds us where our strength comes from.
(Joshua Chapter 14)
Have you ever felt forgotten?
I'm not talking about how someone stood you up once for a date, or picked you up really late to go somewhere. Yeah, those moments aren't fun. What I am referring to is like 45 years worth of forgotten?
What if someone told you they were going to do something for you, as long as you lived up to your end of the bargain? Sounds good so far, doesn't it? Now...what if days, weeks, and months went by and they didn't say anything else about it? Seems weird, right? What if those months turned into years? "Must be they had no intention of following through" would be about the last thought you gave it outside of holding a grudge on it. And I wouldn't blame you.
And then the guy that made the promise died?
Whelp...there goes any last trace of hope it would be honored.
And then, you and your friends decide one thing is worth a shot. You approach the predecessor of the guarantor, and tell them the promise that was made to you. Unbeknownst to you they actually knew the entire time the promise that was made 45 years ago to you.
And then this happened...
"Joshua blessed him. He gave Hebron to Caleb...as an inheritance...because he gave himself totally to God."
It's entirely possible that our timeline is very different than God's. And while I understand that isn't what we always want to hear, there is something more important in this chapter than land, and how God responds to time.
(*36)Keeping our word matters more than the keeping of time.
If we say we are going to do something, our feet had better be willing to walk those steps out. Keeping our word isn't based on the convenience of our current circumstances. It isn't based on what is more popular in a moment. And that's the hard part. Every time we run into an option that rears it's head as the author of temptation in our life, we have a choice to make.
Do we honor our word, or holler to be heard?
Do we stay the course, or allow the wind of opinion to blow us off course?
I would imagine that there were plenty of times that Caleb felt forgotten in the midst of that time. Seeing others gain land, and receive their inheritance. How many times must he have been wondering if the land they had been given was actually meant for him, and it was just lost in transaltion along the way?
Have you ever been there before...caught up in the middle of daydreaming about what you felt was unfair? Drowning in self-pity and despair? I have. I've watched other people get jobs that I was certain I should have. I've seen people promoted, while I lost a job, and wondered why the Lord had forgotten about me. I don't know if I could have articulated it like that when it happened, but looking back I can piece together the feelings a bit more clearly.
I tell ya what...
45 years would be a REALLY long time to live in jealousy, regret, self-pity or anything else that stole my joy. I find a TON of hope in Caleb's story. The fact that, according to Joshua, he stayed the course. Caleb didn't waiver. Now...hear me when I say this...not that he wouldn't have had doubts or frustrations. BUT...he didn't let it take root long enought to grow into a mature problem in his life. The kind that given enough time could offer shade to cry under, or strength to build a temporary home in. And in either case they would be situations where we had not only gone, but stayed off course.
Caleb's willingness to make the initial journey to spy out the land was honorable. His integrity to stay the course and remain committed to God as he waited? Ladies and gentleman...that is the stuff legends are made of.
That is the stuff I want to be made of.
I'd be willing to bet you do, too.
Keeping our word matters more than what the hands on the clock of time are doing. Afterall, the reward we are really after isn't here anywhere.
(*37) Sowing seeds of patience reaps contentment.
One last note...
If Caleb had given in to his frustrations and stopped following God's plan for his life, he could have missed out on what was always meant to be part of his legacy. And I'm not even talking about the land. That was just a tangible blessing. The larger blessing is the legacy of obedience he left to his family and friends.
If he had just rolled with what was easy, he wouldn't have rolled very far at all.
(*38) Preference stalls the engine that vision started.
He stuck to what he knew was true, and didn't trade it for what he couldn't see.
If you asked me, that is what legends are made of.
(*36) Keeping our word matters more than the keeping of time.
(*37) Sowing seeds of patience reaps contentment.
(*38) Preference stalls the engine that vision started.
36. What are you struggling to keep your word with today? Who can you confide in, so that the word you made stands, and you don't feel alone in the process? Who can you support that might be in the same situation that you are?
37. When is the last time you stopped and celebrated the markers along the way of your journey? You know...the ones where it was really hard, but you pushed through. Do you struggle allowing yourself those moments? To celebrate the wins on the way? If you do...stop. You deserve to rejoice in the process, not be burdened by it.
38. Have you ever experience a "45 year moment"? Obviosuly it doesn't have to be that exact number. BUT...have you waited a really long time for something to resolve itself? What did it feel like when it happened? How can you take that lesson and be a blessing to someone else today to encourage them on their "45 year moment" journey? And before you leave...do you know how much God loves you? Seriously...someone is sitting here saying to themselves "Brett, I am still waiting, and it may never come this side of heaven." Take a deep breath and remember our eternal rewards will always trump our temporal ones, and that keeping our word really does matter more than the keeping of time. Be encouraged, friend. You aren't alone. Not by a long shot. Hey, the Levites never received any land. Their inheritance looked very different, but it didn't make them any less significant.
(Joshua Chapter 13)
As Chapter 13 starts it seems like maybe God is telling Joshua it's time for him to retire. "You've had a good, long life, but there is a lot of land still to be taken." At first glance, it's as if God is trying to let Joshua off easy, with a young executive waiting in the wings to take his place.
But shortly after the Lord describes the territory left to be taken, a promise is made that will keep Joshua on the scene. "I myself will drive them out before the People of Israel. All you have to do is allot this land to Israel as an inheritance, as I have instructed you."
The last four words...the ones I added bold and italics too?
That's the point that we often miss.
(*36) In our weakness, He is strong.
His instructions to trust his ability are wiser than anything we could think, say, or do.
We see old age. God sees the perfect opportunity to work through us. We see lack. God sees the perfect moment to provide. We see a lack of education. God sees it as the perfect time to put the words that need to be spoken on our hearts so they come off our lips.
Can you see the trend?
When God is the only one that can move the boundary, He is the only one who can receive the glory.
So the next time the task seems to large, remember where your strength comes from.
"I look up to the mountains; does my strength come from mountains? No, my strength comes from God, who made heaven, and earth, and mountains.
He won’t let you stumble, your Guardian God won’t fall asleep. Not on your life! Israel’s Guardian will never doze or sleep.
God’s your Guardian, right at your side to protect you— Shielding you from sunstroke, sheltering you from moonstroke.
God guards you from every evil, he guards your very life. He guards you when you leave and when you return, he guards you now, he guards you always."
The moment we realize that what we see as a limitation God sees as an opportunity, our life starts to shift. We don't try to run from those moments, as much as we start to see the value in sitting in them and being still.
(36) In our weakness, He is strong.
36. What area(s) in our life does it seem like we have no strength left? Have we asked God to fight for us? Are we willing to see our limitation(s) as God's opportunity? Do we value resting in his presence? Do we trust that there is a bigger picture we may not be able to see today, that if we remain obedient and dependent on and to Him, it will all work out?
*Practice patience today. Sit. Allow the quiteness around you, to become a platform for God to do his greatest works through you. And when it's all said and done, point the praise back to the source.
(Joshua Chapter 12)
The 12th chapter of Joshua could put you to sleep.
Seriously, it's a list of the kings that Moses and Joshua defeated. Lots of names. Many of them hard to pronounce, and none of them I'd bet you've heard of before you read their names.
So, that begs the question, why bother?
This chapter of Ocean Road has tripped me up for a while. Actually, for about a year. I stopped writing after the last chapter somewhere near the end of 2015. And as I sit to write today, it is November 15, 2016.
After a lot of thought, I'm going to toss out one point that has landed on my heart recently. A thought that I need to hear, and is challenging me to act in faith in ways I haven't in a long time.
So here goes...
There is a literary battle between two words that we need to tackle.
It tells us that Moses defeated 2 kings, and gave the land they gained as an inheritance to three different tribes of people. (For you history buffs he gave the land to the people of Reuben, Gad, and half of Manasseh's tribe).
It also tells us that Joshua defeated 31 kings, and that he gave the land they gained as a possession. (It says he gave it to the tribes of Israel, not naming specific ones. I'd venture to guess that everyone else that didn't get land from Moses, got hooked up here).
That's what made me curious.
The difference between how the land was handled.
And here is what I figured out.
When you inherit something, it's given to you after someone has died.
When you possess something, you own it right there and then, at that moment.
You wait for an inheritance, and you can receive it by saying yes.
You have a possession, but you have work to do to make it happen.
How does this matter in reference to the story in Joshua?
I recently came across some sermons from the late Charles Spurgeon. I have to admit, I don't usually study sermons from great orators and preachers from the 1800's. And at the risk of sounding vain, I felt really smart to be able to say I was doing it. Lame. I get it. But past my own pride, I began to run into thoughts from Spurgeon that helped me unpack the 12th chapter of Joshua.
I found a sermon by Spurgeon talking about, you guessed it, inheritance & possession.
He hinted that we are leaving something on the table.
In our waiting to receive an inheritance later,
we are forfeiting the opportunity to take possession of our calling today.
Soak that up.
Are we sitting on our butts, when we could be taking hold of something greater, today?
We can rest assured that we will receive the full inheritance of living in heaven with Christ after our death someday, if we receive him today. There is no doubt about that. And my words here are not, in any way shape or form, to lessen that blessing.
What is heavy on my heart, is the thought that there is more to do here, before we go there. What if our efforts here, could bless someone else, so they received the inheritance to a life with Christ in heaven one day, too? What if how we lived our life before our daisy pushing days came...relieved pain, gave encouragement, and helped heal people who were hurting mentally, emotionally, or physically?
And the only perspective point in this chapter came to me, not on the banks of North Carolina, but as I wrote back in my office in New York. Over a year later. I think I finally landed on it. Humbled by it. Convicted by it. Inspired by it. By this...
Our ignorance is holding others back from their deliverance. (*35)
"No part of scripture is of private interpretation - no bit of the promised country may be hedged in as the peculiar portion of a few. It all belongs to all the redeemed if they have but faith to make it their own."
from "Taking possession of our inheritance. Sermon #2086"
Yeah, I realize the lack of subtlety there.
I'm hit by it, too.
I'm reminded of my own selfishness.
I'm reflective on where I've missed opportunities.
And it's that reflection that needs to release us in a new direction.
Maybe that's what we can all take from a list of names in the book about an Old Testament guy like Joshua. Maybe it's a reminder that our life isn't about waiting for an inheritance, but rather walking in faith to take hold of something greater.
I'll leave us with one more quote from the Spurgeon in his sermon I mentioned above.
"Why should you hesitate? You blame the sinner when he delays. Surely the saint is to be blamed, too, when he also linger."
I mean, I don't know if you have that lump in the throat, kick in the pants, holy crap feeling after hearing that. I sure do.
That's what I mean about things getting specific.
When we understand the subtle clues in the difference between two words. When we embrace the opportunity to possess our calling, so others can receive their inheritance.
When we get specific, we can truly make an impact.
(35) Our ignorance is holding others back from their deliverance
35. Where have you been holding back? What have you settled in to comfortably, that you could and should be stepping away from to invite others to Christ? What simple step can you take today to better someone else's world? How can you show love, grace, mercy, compassion, etc...into the part of the world God has given you to impact? How can you take hold (possession of) what God is asking of you today, so that others will also be able to receive the inheritance of a life with Christ?
It all started from the view you see above. Each morning, for one week in the summer of 2015, I sat in an adirondack chair on this front porch. A small, quaint, vacation home in the Outer Banks of North Carolina provided our family some much needed alone time. With coffee in hand to start the day (who doesn't, really?), I spent some alone time with God. My wife sat just to the left of this picture, reading as well. Completely together in our silence as we listened to waves crash against the shore while we read...filling ourselves. With slowness. With peace. With quiet. With contemplation and understanding. With rest.
And through that rest, came...
I sat here on August 9, 2015...unaware of all that God would show me. And the simple reason I am writing this? I believe I am supposed to share my experience with you....now. Not waiting for it to be perfect, polished and published. I've written a book that way before. It takes a lot longer. Consider this writing a book in full transparency. No wire-framing. No outline. No editors. No proofs. From my journal to this blog. From my heart to your eyes. The comments section is open to share your thoughts as you read. I've never seen this done before, and I have no idea how it will go. An interactive book if you will. I'll share. I'll unpack the thought. We'll learn together.
Hey Brett...what's this about?
You can visit the topics we'll tackle on this page: PERSPECTIVE POINTS
Once you start reading through them, I hope you'll be as excited to learn from them, as I am to share them. They changed my perspective on A LOT this summer (hence the idea to name them PERSPECTIVE POINTS). They helped give me a focus I didn't have to tackle challenges I needed to. My hope is they'll do the same for you.
One logistical note...ignore the dates with each post. The only way to get it to read in order (top to bottom) was to work backwards from a future date. So I chose New Year's Eve. The eve of new beginnings. Perhaps symbolic that this story will offer someone the encouragement they need to move forward on their own...
So here we go.
It started with a simple question. "What do you have for me, Lord?" And in that moment...softly on my heart...I heard "Joshua." That was it. Not some hugely profound answer. But a clear direction nonetheless.
Over the next several days I would read the entire book of Joshua from this very spot. I took notes. I wrote so fast at times, I was afraid I would miss something God was showing me. I commented out loud when something blew me away. I'd make my wife listen as I shared what I wrote. She smiled. She was patient with me, because I believe she knew God had something for me. And it's from those scribbled thoughts, that I will share with you what I believe has something for all of us. Some will relate in part. Perhaps, some in whole. There is something here for all of us.
I'll unpack each chapter of Joshua as I heard it when I read it. That, with my personality and at times warped sense of humor, is worth the price of admission to read this book blog (which is entirely free-so there's that. Ha!) I'd encourage you to read Joshua along with this blog. I'll remind you what chapter I was reading as I share. You can read it in whatever version you like. I was reading The Message Version. So when I quote a verse here and there, that is the version you are seeing...along with my take on it as I read it.
Last thing before we get started...
Why Ocean Road?
If this had a subtitle, it would be more of a teaser than a clarifier.
"You've never been on it because you can't create it...you can only move in the direction of it."
Hang onto that. It'll make sense in the coming days.
Prepare for an adventure packed with perspective...
A perspective that brings focus.
Let's get started...
(Joshua, Chapters 1 & 2)
The first two chapters of Joshua tell the backstory. They fill us in on a few details. To our finite thinking, some can seem inconsequential. I assure you none are. The rest will make you want to warn the people in the book of Joshua to turn tail and run. You can't. It already happened. So...instead...we sit back, read, and take in what must have been an enormously nerve-wracking time for the people of Israel.
I'll give you the cliff-notes version.
Moses used to be in charge. He's dead. Joshua is now. God tells Joshua to cross the Jordan River, but he doesn't divulge how. I imagine Joshua was thinking about boats. Spoiler alert. Boats were not involved. The mode of transportation was found in the promise God made to him. "I'm giving you every square inch of the land you set your foot on." Wait...feet and water? Notice it didn't say feet threw, as in swimming. It said "feet on". Huh? I don't get it. Keep reading. It'll all make sense soon enough.
God proceeded to give Joshua one of the best pre-game locker room speeches of all time. "Go get em'!" That's the short version. And Joshua didn't hesitate. No sooner was God done speaking to him, Joshua began to give orders to the leaders of the Israelite people. He gave them a three day heads up. Marching orders given. Moving on...
Joshua then turned his attention, specifically, to two and a half tribes. These were people that had already been given their plot of land. The good news for them was that it was on the side of the Jordan River they were currently standing on. The bad news? Joshua told them they had to come with, so that they could help their brothers get theirs. The kids and the women could stay home. But the dudes had to man-up and fight. After that they could come back home to their land to re-join their families.
We could learn a lot from these guys. Without hesitation they were all in. Even though they had already gotten theirs, they were ready to go with, to make sure their brothers were taken care of as well. They gave their word. They prayed. They went.
We live in an I got mine, I'm good world.
This is a reminder that I'll stand with, so that others are taken care of should be our posture of choice. At a heart level, so that it becomes how we live everyday.
That's the end of Joshua 1.
As we start Joshua 2, it starts to go a little Hollywood on us.
Joshua sent out two spies to check things out ahead of time. The first place they end up? The house of a harlot. Betcha' didn't see that one coming. Go forth! Fight for God! Oh, and stop at a prostitute's house. Huh? Wait...it gets better.
The King of Jericho found out. Yeah, that's not good. They were as good as dead. No way Rahab (the prostitute) was going to risk death by covering for two spies, right? Except that's exactly what she did. Why? What would make someone do that? It's almost like she knew something no one else did. (sarcasm).
She sent the King and his men on a wild goose chase. She told the King they'd been there and gone, and his men went on in pursuit of them. Towards the Jordan they ran...looking for the two spies. The city gates shut behind them. The spies had bought some time because of the boldness of a prostitute that could have been killed if she were caught in the lie.
Like I said...Hollywood level stuff here.
Rahab hid them in her roof. No, not on it...in it. Like, under the "stalks of flax that were spread out on her roof". Phew. I bet those spies were thankful for primitive building supplies. You couldn't pull that move off today!
Once the King's men had left, Rahab ran up to the roof. Here is the part that starts to explain why she risked death to hide them. "I know that God has given you the land." Well, hello there curveball! Sounds like just as Joshua heard from God...so did the prostitute. If that doesn't burst a lot of people's bubbles as to how God moves, I don't know what will. I love it. Mostly that it ruffles the feathers of uptight, pretentious people that believe God only speaks to them because they are real Christians. But that's a vent for another day. Suffice it to say, this is awesome. Epic, really.
The story of this night wraps up by Rahab asking for protection for her family when the spies, and their men, come take the land. The spies honor her for what she did for them. They made arrangements to protect Rahab and her family once the land was taken over. There were strict guidelines for how it would happen though.
They were told to stay in the house. If they left it for any reason while the take-over was happening, and something bad happened...it was their fault. If they stayed in the house, they'd be protected.
I wonder if sometimes when we wander off and try things our way in life, we walk right into outcomes that are less than desirable. I've been there. Where I sense the Lord's prompting to do/not do something...and proceed to do the opposite. And then when the result wasn't what I thought it would be? I act genuinely shocked. The reality is, if I had been paying attention, I could have avoided it.
Has something like that ever happened to you?
Pretty solid reminder for all of us to be obedient, even if it seems like we know better.
And as Joshua 2 ends...it finds the men repelling down a rope from Rahab's house on the outside wall of the city to get away. Per Rahab's instruction they had to hide in the hills for three days so the King's men would return to the city not having found them. That would be their sign the coast was clear to head for home.
When they arrived back at camp they confirmed what God had spoken. They found Joshua and said "Yes! God has given the whole country to us. Everybody there is in a state of panic because of us."
As we end this post together...ask yourself a fews questions.
How did "Everybody" (where Rahab lived) know what was about to happen?
Why were they panicking?
How did the men (Joshua's) know God had given the land to them?
And then let this sink in...
God spoke to a man of God on one side (Joshua), and confirmed his word through a prostitute on the other (Rahab).
How many churches/ministries do you know would be comfortable with that being their confirmation to move forward?
If it was God's plan, it was good enough for Joshua.
We could learn a lot from that. We don't need to polish up or make sense of God's plans...just walk em' out in obedience. And we need to can the idea that only some people can be used by God. Yes...some people actually believe that. It's a load of crap.
I'd bet the moment the city fell (stay tuned for that part), and Rahab's family was protected, was all she needed to know that God was real. He was her God. For her. Crazy about her. In love with and willing to bless her, way before she was cleaned up...simply because she was willing to step out in one crazy act of faith. She probably didn't refer to the moment as an act of faith either so much as I'm scared out of my mind...so whatever...I've got nothing to lose.
And that is absolutely perfect.
The Lord loves the heart of a desperate person who calls on His name, so that He can act on their behalf.
That means the Lord loves people we aren't like and can't understand. And that's a really good thing! Why? Because I imagine that is what I seem like to some people.
It doesn't matter what side of the coin we see ourselves on...He sees value in us all.
I hope that if you were to stop reading after this post, that you are encouraged. That you know you are loved by the God of the universe. That you are special. That you are unique. That He loves you. And even more than that...He is head over heels in love with you, because He created you. JUST. AS. YOU. ARE.
I also hope you'll keep reading, and stay with us on this journey.
Very cool moments ahead...
We'll pick up at the start of Joshua 3 in the next post.
It's where the phrase Ocean Road comes into play.
Believe me...you don't want to miss it!
(Joshua Chapter 3)
As we wrapped up Joshua 2 there was a sense of anticipation for what was coming next. We watched as the Lord protected two men scouting out a land they had been called to pursue. We sat near the edge of our emotional seats when they nearly lost their life at the hands of the King. And then eased back in comfort watching God do what only he could do. The outcome they all wanted came in a way none of them could have predicted.
Rahab the prostitute reminded us what faith looks like. Her life changed forever the moment she trusted in her creator. And now...the men who came to spy on the land returned home...as the next step of the journey begins.
We find Joshua "up early and on his way". He's already showing us that when God calls you to something, a sense of urgency jolts past every other feeling (uncertainty, anxiousness, fear, doubt, etc...) and causes us to act with boldness.
Joshua knew where he was called to go (The Waters Edge), because of what he was called to do. (Cross The Jordan River)
They camped for three days staring at the task ahead (Crossing the Jordan). What they must have been thinking! Seriously...here is where my head would have been at...I know we are supposed to cross that river, and I know God has already promised us victory...but I can't see how. We are here, and there is a massive river between us and our victory. A MASSIVE OBSTACLE.
I don't know about you, but I would have been scared out of my mind. I know...I know...God said the victory was already won. I didn't say I was being rational...just brutally honest. I wonder if they felt like they were staring at a dead end too.
Have you ever looked at a promise God made to you, and felt held back by the dead end you saw in front of you?
So here is what happens next...
The leaders in camp gather everyone and give specific instructions.
"When you see the Covenant-Chest of God, your God, carried by the Levitical priests, start moving. Follow it. Make sure you keep a proper distance between you and it, about half a mile - be sure now to keep your distance! - and you'll see clearly the route to take. You've never been on this road before."
THAT! In its entirety it has so much juice in it, you could drink the cup it would fill forever. And when I read it, it was emotional for me. I've been asking God to show me direction in a specific area I feel he is calling me. That passage of scripture in Joshua about froze me with equal parts excitement and overwhelming humility in His presence as I read it.
Just as the people of Israel has been given specific instructions...if we are being called by God to move on something, He will provide us with direction as well.
"...keep your distance!"
"...you'll see clearly the route to take."
"You've never been on this road before."
I think sometimes we try to outrun God on the way to the victory He wants to bring for us. We hear him say go, and somehow we infer that means go ahead of Him. In this moment...the instructions the Israelites get are a remarkable reminder to us, that when we follow God, the distance between where He is (moving on our behalf doing only what He can do) and where we are creates the clarity we've been longing for.
The route we are to take becomes clear when we follow God, not race past Him.
And then the reason this book is named Ocean Road.
"You've never been on this road before."
Joshua tells the people...
"Sanctify yourselves. Tomorrow God will work miracle-wonders among you."
The priests were called to "...step out before the people."
And as they went, God speaks life, love and hope into Joshua's heart. He builds his leader up so that the very next command Joshua gives to the priests doesn't overwhelm them, but rather infuse them with the power only God can impart.
"When you come to the edge of the Jordan's waters, stand there on the river bank."
"...take twelve men from the tribes of Israel, one man from each tribe. When the soles of the feet of the priests carrying the Chest of God, Master of all the earth, touch the Jordan's water, the flow of water will be stopped - the water coming from upstream will pile up in a heap."
Do you see it? When you come to the very edge of your dead end...the very edge of what you cannot change...GOD WILL ACT. Sometimes we get to know how, other times we don't. The fact remains that if he's called us to it, he will bring us through it.
Are you at a "water's edge moment" in your life right now?
Two months after God showed this to me in August...I am.
As I sit here and write this to you, tears are full in my eyes, dropping slowly along my cheeks, as I stand at my water's edge, following a promise God spoke into my heart. So if you feel like no one understands your feelings, trust me...many, many people do.
When the priests feet touched the very edge of the overflowing banks of the Jordan River that day...when the people had to wonder if they were staring at their dead end...or their God-given future...
"...the flow of the water stopped. It piled up in a heap....The river went dry."
A road of safe passage had been created, where an obstacle used to stand.
And as I stared at the banks of the Atlantic ocean in the distance this past August, God reminded me that He was in control. My heart was full knowing that if that water needed to part so that I could get through, He would do it.
In the moment that feels like a dead-end, He will create our…Ocean Road.
And he will do the same for you if you’ll be obedient at your water’s edge.
"And the people crossed, facing Jericho."
"And there they stood; those priests carrying the Chest of the Covenant stood firmly on dry ground in the middle of the Jordan while all Israel crossed on dry ground. Finally the whole nation was across the Jordan, and not one wet foot."
Obedient feet led to a dry street. The priests obedience to lead as God directed, through Joshua's voice, led all Israel to safety. The priests took the first steps in, stayed in the middle until everyone had crossed, and were the last ones to walk out.
IN FIRST...IN THE MIDDLE OF THE CHALLENGE...OUT LAST.
That's leadership. (*1)
You’ll see * and #’s throughout the rest of the book. It’s the PERSPECTIVE POINTS I promised, and they are listed at the end of each chapter so that you can go back and review where they came from in the story.
We're getting close to the end of chapter 3.
But I can't leave before I share this with you...
Notice that they weren't given boats to cross the Jordan River. Neither was Moses when the Red Sea parted. No...both times they were given a way through that was totally dependent on God to act. They weren't given boats to coast over the obstacle. They were sent right through the center of it...and the provision of HOW it came to pass could only be explained as a miracle.
Can you relate to that?
We look for a route over our problems, rather than the miracle through.
Perhaps...let's be honest...if we could get over it, we could take some credit for it. Hmmm...that would feel good because we'd look good. It would also give us a huge sense of security in ourselves that is undeserved, and ultimately dangerous...as we not only revel in what we've done for ourselves, but pass it on as "advice" to others that they can take care of themselves too. (*2 & *3)
We perpetuate our problems when we build on our own opinion rather than God’s vision. (*4)
Does that mean we sit on our butt and do nothing, because we don't want to accidently solve our problems? No...not at all. It simply means that our diligence needs a direction. And it will very likely not make much sense at times. (water's edge moment anyone?)
The priests didn't sit around...they responded obediently to the person God gave them in Joshua...EVEN THOUGH the marching orders had to have absolutely confounded them. (…and probably Joshua as well)
Seriously...it must have sounded something like this...
Hey, go grab that huge, heavy chest and start marching toward the water. You know...that thing over there (Jordan River) that looks more like a dead-end than the path to your new beginning.
The priests did what every great leader would...they stood in the middle. (*5)
Sometimes our water's edge moment will look like a creek, sometimes a river, and others times...the sheer impossibility will seem as big as trying to cross an ocean. When you feel like you are staring at a dead-end...remember...if it's the direction God has called you to move in, he will be faithful to move you through.
Your water's edge moment is a promise that you are about to walk on an Ocean Road.
Here are the PERSPECTIVE POINTS that I shared throughout Chapter 3 that we can reflect on as we get ready to head into Chapter 4 of Joshua.
And some questions to reflect on.
Chat about these with a friend, your family, a small group, and if you are of age...a bar. (Yes, I said bar. Jesus was particularly fond of meeting people where they were at.)
The last question is the perfect place to end our time together today. And honestly...one of my favorite ones.
Don't forget...the comments section is open to share thoughts and ask questions. It's located just below, or by clicking in the upper-right section of each chapter where it says...wait for it...COMMENTS. :)
See you tomorrow for Joshua Chapter 4.
We will tackle how to respond during the moment that we desperately need our greatest breakthrough.
Wait until you see what the Israelites did!!!
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Brett W. Gould
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