Crossing The Jordan River (Part 5)
As I began reading this chapter a few hours ago, I really didn’t see this scripture before as I did just now. I believe we all know it and many of us quote it but do we really understand what it is telling us?
Joshua 24:15 “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell:but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
This is the final lesson that God used Joshua to teach, the now freed Hebrews, in their quest to survive in their now freedom.
TRUE BELIEVERS WILL NOT NEED LAWS TO WORSHIP
We saw Joshua’s profound statement above but there was a response that followed that statement and preceded it as well. Why did Joshua cite this well known verse of scripture?
A. THE PEOPLE WOULD HAVE TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR OWN SPIRITUALITY
Joshua spent a great deal of chapter number 24 telling the people about the past victories that the Lord had given them and no doubt the miserable failures that they endured as well. He then gave the people a charge to walk after the Lord for themselves. They ultimately had to be responsible for their own walk with The Lord since they were leaving the protection of the fold and going into their own lands.
In our own lives we need to be responsible for our own spiritual walks with The Lord. Too often we will depend on the preacher or a Sunday school teacher to feed us. As long as the people were under the leadership of a teacher and the protection of God they were fed. However, when they crossed over into the victorious life the manna would eventually stop. When we leave the dry barren land of the wilderness and want something more than manna; but we no longer desire the garlics and leeks from Egypt we will have a different craving. This is the time where we need to “Man/Woman UP” and stop being a spiritual teenager and allow God to give the increase in your life so that you can grow. Before God can give the increase we must empty ourselves to receive it. God can’t fill an already filled vessel. Are you so full of yourself and your own desires that there is no room for God? If so, then you will never really enjoy a fulfilling walk with the Lord until you hit the release valve and empty yourself. Are you willing to be responsible for your own spirituality.
B. THE PEOPLE WOULD HAVE TO BE RESPECTFUL OF SPIRITUAL LEADERS
I see that nearly all of the children of Israel had their own piece of land as Moses divided, prior to his death. Before Joshua sends them out to their inheritance he reminds then that they will be responsible for their own spiritual life and the spiritual observances. However, the tribe of Levi did not have a permanent dwelling but had cities in each of the major providences. So no matter where they were in the new land they had a spiritual presence with the Levites.
When we walk with the Lord we should be mindful of the Lord’s presence and respect the spiritual leaders in our lives. We should not move away so that we are far from the tangible presence of the Lord’s people. If so, we will find ourselves trying to do things in our own power and with our own will. This will ultimately lead to failure and frustration.
Just this morning, I had a gentleman come to my work and indicate that he and his wife were having some marital communication issues. He said that when they were married they were both on equal ground spiritually. They were both lost! He, since then, has professed a relationship with The Lord. He said that they have issues because it feels like he is speaking to a brick wall spiritually. I said that you will have that since she does not have a relationship with The Lord. He asked me how to handle it and I told him to stop trying to fix her spiritually and that he wasn’t qualified to do so. Only Jesus can raise the dead! He did it several times and by the way, He gives us the power to do so as well! Don’t think so? Romans 10:13 “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved”.
He was very frustrated because he saw himself as a failure because he couldn’t convert her. I told him to stop trying to fix her and be kind to her so that the Holy Spirit had something to work with as she witnessed God living through him. That is true in our lives too. The ones that aren’t ready to inherit their own mission from the Father will try to earn their way into His grace. The mature ones on Christ will know that grace isn’t earned, it’s given. So they will give grace to others as God is preparing them for something else or someone else to help. Today as you walk with The Lord, look for opportunities to give grace to others instead of accusations or attitudes. Pray for them and forgive them and you will get a step closer to where God wants to place you. Thank you for reading this series, I seek to prepare more devotional series lessons as this one. Join us again as we address real life issues with biblical answers on Worship With Willie.