“そして翌日、自分たちの占領下にある畑から収穫したものを食べ、イースト菌を入れないパンを焼いたりしました。 すると、次の日からマナは降らなくなり、二度とマナを見ることはありませんでした。 それ以来、人々はカナンの地の産物を食べるようになりました。” (ヨシュア記 5:11, 12 JLB)
“The very next day they began to eat unleavened bread and roasted grain harvested from the land. No manna appeared on the day they first ate from the crops of the land, and it was never seen again. So from that time on the Israelites ate from the crops of Canaan.” (Joshua 5:11, 12 NLT)
God provided the Israelites with just what they needed just when they needed it. I serve the same God, and can trust Hum to provide for my needs to. There’s no reason to worry. Thank You, Lord!
“This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9 NLT)
I’ve always found this passage really encouraging. Joshua, taking Moses’ place as leader of Israel, had some big shoes to fill. He must have been overwhelmed. But God promised His presence, blessing and help.
I don’t think any ministry I’ve taken on is as big as the one Joshua had. The challenges I face in life are not too difficult for our Lord to help me get through. How about you?
May we trust God, and be strong and courageous.
“Therefore…” in response to God’s love, protection and provision “obey”. (vs. 9)
Even in OT times, mankind’s obedience was a response to God’s grace. He chose Israel, He delivered them, He led them to the Promised Land. And here Moses reminds them of all God has done for them. He calls the people to obey the Lord’s commands, in response to that grace.
As Christians, we don’t obey God to earn His favor or love; we do it in response to the favor and love He’s already shown us through Jesus. Grace!
Father God, thank You for Your grace. Thank You for loving me first. May I live in Your love and grace today, following Jesus, obeying You.
‘”For the mountains may move and the hills disappear, but even then my faithful love for you will remain. My covenant of blessing will never be broken,” says the Lord, who has mercy on you.’ (Isaiah 54:10 NLT)
Today I’m thankful for the fact that God is faithful and trustworthy; He keeps His promises and does not forget His people. And all of this comes from a heart of LOVE.
Lord, thank you for Your great, faithful, trustworthy LOVE. Thank You for loving and saving me. Please help me to remember these truths throughout the day, to be grateful. May I live and move in and share Your LOVE today.
“How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the messenger who brings good news, the good news of peace and salvation, the news that the God of Israel reigns!” (Isaiah 52:7 NLT)
Today I’m reminded that God’s promises are true. He is trustworthy and faithful! As He promised and provided deliverance from captivity for Israel, He also promised and provided a savior — Jesus! — for all of us, to save us from our sins.
God calls us who follow Jesus to be messengers if this good news. May I be found faithful as His messenger today. May my words and actions point people to Him. May it be clear to those around me that our God reigns!
Lord, I’m weak and need Your strength. I can’t carry this burden alone. Thank You that You are with me. Please make me aware of Your presence and strength today, and help me to live, work and minister FOR You as well as WITH You. In Jesus’ name…
“Now, O Lord our God, rescue us from his power; then all the kingdoms of the earth will know that you alone, O Lord, are God.” (Isaiah 37:20 NLT)
No matter what fear, temptation or challenge you are facing today, God is bigger. God is stronger. He alone is God, and He gets the final word.
“Go, and sin no more.”
Jesus said this kind if thing a lot. Yes, He forgives sins. But it’s not because those sins are OK. He forgives because He loves us, and because His sacrifice paid the price.
When we come to Jesus for forgiveness, it needs to be with an attitude of repentance; a willingness to turn from our sins and follow Him. The good news is, as with the woman in this story, Jesus will forgive. He will not condemn. He will say, “Go, and sin no more.”
May we live today in light of this grace, turning away from sin and with thanksgiving following Jesus.