Living in Obedience: Self-Development Lessons – Joshua 5:13-15

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Song of the Week

Song: How Great is Our God by Josie Buchanan

This post is a short one about obedience. 

The Fall of Jericho

13 Now when Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with a drawn sword in his hand. Joshua went up to him and asked, ‘Are you for us or for our enemies?’
14 ‘Neither,’ he replied, “but as commander of the army of the Lord I have now come.” Then Joshua fell facedown to the ground in reverence, and asked him, ‘What message does my Lord[a] have for his servant?’
15 The commander of the Lord’s army replied, ‘Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy.’ And Joshua did so.”

– Joshua 5:13-15 NIV

Joshua fell with his face toward the earth and bowed down. Then he asked the angel what did God have to say to Him. 

He said to Joshua, “Remove your sandals from your feet because the place you are standing is holy.”

And Joshua did so. 

God Tells You What to Do. Do You Do It?

One morning you wake up and brush your teeth. You look in the mirror, staring at yourself while you brush your teeth like every other morning. 
Out of nowhere, you get an impression from God: Remember that coworker that wronged you five years ago then got fired? Ask him for lunch this week and make amends with him. 

Flashbacks of how miserable you felt those months, or how horrible things could have gone down if God hadn’t intervened. 

You shudder. 

Am I doing this?

Like Joshua, obedience is hard. He has big shoes to fill. 

He saw Moses shudder at God’s commands first hand. 

He must have thought to himself, “Surely, if Moses could shudder and let this one go, so could I right?”

NO! He didn’t let himself fall. He braced himself. 

He didn’t let his pride stop him. He didn’t let his face get in the way.

And that’s precisely what he did. He fell with his face towards the earth. 

Prophetic Word

You might be going through what I depicted in my short story above. That could be you!

If it’s not you now, then it was you, or it will be you. 

Either way, God will inevitably challenge us to do uncomfortable things we don’t want to do. 

It is in these moments out real faith arises. Do you have genuine faith, or not? 

Call to Action

Whenever the occasion arises, do the uncomfortable thing. It is only in uncomfortable places we learn to grow. 

God bless you and have a great week! 

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