Look for Help in Times of Trouble (And Times of Peace) – Self-Development Lessons: Joshua 5:13

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As the Word of God is a living text, people have different ways of interpreting these texts. So, feel free to share your thoughts and opinions down in the comments below! Remember to like and share on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

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5 He said, ‘No; rather I have come now as captain of the army of the LORD.’ Then Joshua fell with his face toward the earth and bowed down, and said to him, ‘What does my lord have to say to his servant?’”

– ‭‭Joshua‬ ‭5:14‬ ‭AMP‬‬

In Joshua 5:13, Joshua fell facing the ground to honor the Lord’s angel and spoke to him.

Joshua had to look up to speak to this man to maintain eye contact. In other words, Joshua had to look up to the angel of the Lord to seek his help.

Joshua 5:13 is a metaphor for you and me: In need, look upwards for help.

This metaphor is a very powerful lesson for you.

Those who reach for the highest stars are often the ones who bring themselves to the lowest.

What does this mean?

Successful people (in the eye of the Lord) are those who live with humility.

Where to Look When You’re NOT in Trouble?

Most of you would like to look to God when you need help. But when you’re not in trouble, what do you do?

Netflix? Eat good food? Play golf? Go fishing?

These things are not inherently evil. I listed them here because these are common idols we worship.

Peaceful days can become the devil’s trap. Sure, thank God for days like these! But don’t let a streak of quiet days ensnare you with idolizing worldly things.

When things are going right, you may neglect God; you let Netflix and good Champagne cloud your mind. Now, all you think about is when Stranger Things 4 is coming out. (I’m calling myself out.)

So, where should you look when life is going great?

I don’t expect you to look to God every minute of every day. That’s insane! Nobody can do that, not even biblical heroes.

These heroes didn’t think of God 24/7; they had other things to worry about like war, famine, suffering, children, and their infinite number of concubines.

Here is a verse that shines some light on this topic:

5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.”

– Deuteronomy 6:5 NIV

What do the ancient Israelites mean by this?

The words “heart” and “mind” are pretty easy to understand. In Ancient Hebrew, “soul” refers to your entire body, not a metaphysical fluid that floats around and is all wobbly.

In essence, this verse means to honor God in everything you do while championing the most important lessons in the Bible: Love the Lord you God, and love your neighbors as you do yourself.

So, when you don’t need help, don’t do things that dishonor God. It’s okay to read some novels or watch TV. Do things that don’t harm others intentionally.

But before all else, thank God for everything you have and for all the joys of being alive.

Call to Action

Do this mindfulness activity:

Thank God for everything you do today that doesn’t seem to be immediately related to Him, then try to connect it to God.

(PS Everything you have comes from Him.)

God bless you and learn to see God in everything!

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