Happy Thursday! Hope everyone is doing good and ready for the weekend. My wife, Suzanne, is out of town. Be in prayer today for her family in Kentucky as they attend the funeral of her grandfather. He was such a sweet, quiet, yet strong man. We need more like him today. He didn't speak much but when he spoke it was encouraging, useful and actually added to the conversation. I only knew him for a short while but I see his work ethic, kindness, and strength in his grand-daughter, my wife. I will miss seeing him when we venture to Kentucky but his handiwork and legacy will be here for quiet some time.
You can also add me to the prayer list as I am Mr. Mom the next few days. We did manage to get homework done on a church night, outfits organized (mom helped before she left), teeth brushed, faces washed and we made it to Chick-fil-a by 7 am for our weekly bible study. We did forget shoes for the powder puff game but I still chalk up the morning as a victory and after I run the shoes by during lunch. Now on to the afternoon.
Our world is filled with quiet heroes who receive little to no recognition. Moms lead in this category. Us dads fill in for mom one day and you think the world has caved in. Dad leaves and everything works like clock work. There's a reason for that! We, dads, aren't all bad though, I don't think, but moms are for sure the force behind the machine!
In Joshua, our text last night, we see the mighty force behind a nation. This force didn't always get the credit and He always seemed to be dealing with a bunch of whiners. Kind of sounds like the mother's position in a way. That seems to belittle God as this mighty force but I hope you see the point. In case you missed it God is the force behind all that is good. It is God who wills and does for His good purpose. The Christian nation often becomes like the poor ole dad when mom is out of town. Taking credit for the simplest and most complex mornings.....situations that moms do in their sleep. But the dad didn't really do anything except work out the plan that the mom established before she left town. That's what I did this morning! God has established it all....we, His people, simply walk in His ways. The moment we step outside His plan is the moment we being to take life in our own hands....it's a dangerous place.
Last night we saw this God in action as He delivered the promised land into the hands of Israel, His nation. In the end the people pledged their allegiance to God....everything was great.....they were in the land flowing with milk and honey. Flip over one page and two chapters into Judges and you see that Israel turns to false gods. So much for that allegiance. But that's us isn't it? The moment old dad veers off moms plan for the family while she's out of town is the minute your 11 yr old shows up at school without pants on....not saying that happened to us this morning! But I'm saying we try to work in our plan rather than God's plan. We often times take the credit for things going right when there was something bigger at play.
The point is that we need to recognize why things work out for good when they work out for good. Rather than thinking we're the hero we need to give credit to God first. Recognize that it is He that is working and we who are called to be faithful to Him and His plan. Trust and obey! Joshua is a great reminder of God's strength, faithfulness and it's also a great example of what happens when His people trust and obey in this God.
The sermon from last night is attached and does a great job of tying Joshua into the big picture of Scripture while also helping learn more about this promise, covenant keeping God.
Have a great weekend and make sure you hug your mother!
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