Relying on God

Growing with God: A daily devotional with Tonia Slimm.

Joshua 11:15 (NIV)
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.

Joshua 11:15 (MSG)
Just as God commanded his servant Moses, so Moses commanded Joshua, and Joshua did it. He didn’t leave incomplete one thing that God had commanded Moses.
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“Just as the Lord had commanded Moses His servant, so Moses had commanded Joshua, and so Joshua did; he left nothing undone of all that the Lord had commanded Moses.” -AMPLIFIED

Yesterday we looked at the many battles that Joshua and the army of Israel fought immediately after conquering the five kings; Adoni-zedek, king of Jerusalem, King Hoham of Hebron, King Piram of Jarmuth, King Japhia of Lachish, and King Debir of Eglon. We find that Joshua and Israel conquered Makkedah, Libnah, Lachish, Gezer, Eglon, Hebron, and Debir. We then find Joshua returning to Gilgal to camp with all the Israelites.

Once again we find the local nations out of fear banding together to come against Israel and the Lord their God. “When King Jabin of Hazor heard what Israel had done to the central and southern cities of Canaan, he sent messengers to King Jobab of Madon, the king of Shimron, the king of Achshaph, and the kings who were in the northern hill country, in the Arabah south of Chinneroth, in the lowland, and in the heights of Dor on the west; to the Canaanites in the east and the west; the Amorites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, and the Jebusites in the hill country; the Hivites in the foothills of Mount Hermon in the land of Mizpeh, and to all those who could still fight the invaders. They banded together and came out to fight—so many warriors that you could no more count them than you could count the grains of sand on a beach—and leading them was a vast number of horses and chariots. All of these kings pooled their forces, and they camped together by the waters of Merom, ready to make war on Israel.” -Joshua 11:1-5 (VOICE)

We find that Joshua had no other option, but to lead this people that God had put him in charge of. Our text reminds us that it was God, Himself, who had appointed Joshua through Moses. Obediently Joshua did all that God had called him to do. Once again we find God encouraging Joshua to step up to the plate here in Joshua 11. “Don’t be afraid of them. By this time tomorrow, I will have given all of them as dead bodies into your hands. You will disable their horses and burn their chariots.” -Joshua 11:6 (VOICE)

Joshua’s reliance on God to direct him and fight for the people was of the utmost importance. If Joshua had pridefully thought that he could go out leading the people to victory on his own he would have been sadly disappointed. Humility is what pleases God; not pride. Pride drives a wedge between ourselves and God; in actuality it separates us from Him. Joshua was depending on God for victory.

Dependence on God is a necessity in our lives as well. The Sons of Korah said it this way, “God is our shelter and our strength. When troubles seem near, God is nearer, and He’s ready to help. So why run and hide? No fear, no pacing, no biting fingernails. When the earth spins out of control, we are sure and fearless. When mountains crumble and the waters run wild, we are sure and fearless. Even in heavy winds and huge waves, or as mountains shake, we are sure and fearless.” -Psalm 46:1-3 (VOICE)

Jesus impressed this truth on His followers, “I am the Vine, you are the branches. When you’re joined with me and I with you, the relation intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant. Separated, you can’t produce a thing. Anyone who separates from me is deadwood, gathered up and thrown on the bonfire. But if you make yourselves at home with me and my words are at home in you, you can be sure that whatever you ask will be listened to and acted upon. This is how my Father shows who he is—when you produce grapes, when you mature as my disciples.” -John 15:5-8 (MSG)

We must depend on God. Joshua understood this fact; we must too. We are nothing without Him and we can do nothing without Him. In humility we must accept this fact and know that our relying on God is exactly as it should be.

My Prayer:

Lord, I am nothing without you in me. I humbly accept this fact. Help me to be ever dependent on you for all I need. You are the All-Sufficient One, not me. I will trust in you to come through for me in every situation. You are the Vine and I am just a branch. Without you as my Source of nourishment I will surely die. I am counting on you, God. Help me to always look to you.

 

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