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Weekday devotionals for Christians

Thank God for 59 and Rainy

Joshua 24:31  And Israel served the LORD all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders that overlived Joshua, and which had known all the works of the LORD, that he had done for Israel. 

Judges 2:8 And Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of the LORD, died, being an hundred and ten years old.
Judges 2:9 And they buried him in the border of his inheritance in Timnathheres, in the mount of Ephraim, on the north side of the hill Gaash.
Judges 2:10 And also all that generation were gathered unto their fathers: and there arose another generation after them, which knew not the LORD, nor yet the works which he had done for Israel.

This passage really jumped out at me.  Well, actually both of these passages jumped out at me.  I get really encouraged when I look at the passage in Joshua 24.  The children of Israel have finished going through the Promised Land and fighting the battles that the Lord brought their way.  I want to point out a few ideas that “jump off the page” at me:

1. The Lord brought them to battles.  I want to point this out because the Promised Land is a representation of the victorious christian life.  Some people get mixed up into thinking that God’s Will or the victorious christian life will not have any battles or heart-aches.  God never promised a life without pain, but He did send a Comforter to help us through that pain.

Another reason I believe (my opinion) that God brought them to fight is because the children of Israel need something to judge the peaceful times with. What I mean by that is the children of Israel can appreciate the peace that God brought them a whole lot more because they understand what it is like to be in a full-on battle.  How do we judge peaceful times?  We judge them against the non-peaceful times.  I don’t know about you, but I have a tendency to take for granted, the goodness that God brings in my life.  If all of my days were sunny and 72 degrees, I would not appreciate them like I would when I sit inside on a rain, dreary day.  I need the rain, for many reasons; but especially to appreciate the days that it is sunny and 72.

No one likes hard times that come our way, but we are far more grateful of the good days when we have endured the days that are dreary, dark, gloomy, and depressing.  So let us all learn  to appreciate the days that are not sunny and 72, but rather 59 degrees and rainy.

March 13, 2012 - Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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