Was Joshua such a short-sighted man that he challenged God for bringing the Israelites across the Jordan to deliver them into the hands of their enemies? He could not see why they could not stand against the men of Ai until the Lord answered him and revealed Him the real reason for their defeat. Are we also short-sighted that we need to stay intimate with the almighty God that we might overcome our enemy in life?
- What could we observe the way Joshua got so narrow-minded that he overlooked the reason they got defeated?
- What could we observe the way Joshua dared to charge against God as if He was not faithful in keeping His covenant? See also 2 Cor 1:20 For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.
- What could we learn of the way He allows the people to reap the consequence of their behavior? See also Gal 6:7-8 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.
- What is the Lord saying about the way we may stay in the right perspective before the Lord in a changing situation? See also 2 Pet 1:3-4 His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
- How do you want to respond to His word that you might recognize His guidance?