TEXT: JOSHUA 24:1-13.
KEY VERSE “And I have given you a land for which ye did not labour, and cities which ye build not, and ye dwell in them; of the vineyards and oliveyards which ye planted not do ye eat” (JOSHUA 24:13).
It is advisable that you meditatively read the text first
It is often said that those who fail to learn the lessons of history stand the danger of repeating its mistakes. Avoiding the mistakes of history then requires a constant remembrance of the events of history. Remembrance of past events triggered by sober or joyous moments tend to make us appreciate some pleasant memories or learn from the unpleasant ones, especially from missteps.
As revealed in our passage, God understands the power of history and its effect on people. For Israel, it was necessary to remind them again how God graciously and miraculously brought them from slavery into freedom; from a ‘no-people’ to a great-people status; how He delivered them from the Egyptian bondage; His matchless providence throughout their journey in the wilderness and how he brought them to possess the Promised Land. God instructed Joshua to recount and remind the people of His good dealings with them so that they would learn to love and serve Him all their days.
The text today throws a challenge to us. The Almighty has done gracious things for us. He saved us from sins and made us His own children; He grants us protection and provides for us. Indeed, God has been faithful. ‘
Little wonder the psalmist in adoration,
“Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.
Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases” (Psalm 103:1-3).
We should always count our blessings, appreciate His goodness and serve this gracious and good God all the days of our lives. That is the secret of receiving more from Him!
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY A thoughtful person is a thankful person.
BIBLE IN A YEAR: ACTS 20-21.
What you must always recall and reflect on if you want to make it to the end in your christian journey
Remember and Reflect on:
- Your life of sin and moral defeats before Christ met you v2
- What made you to run to Christ for salvation and refuge vv2,3
- Late breakthroughs may be better, more glorious and long lasting than early breakthroughs. Esau received breakthrough early and Jacob received late. Where is Esau’s generation mentioned now? v4. Be patient with God, don’t compare yourself with others.
- The supernatural interventions (some unknown to you) at different stages of your journey that neutralized all the efforts of the enemies against your destiny vv5,6
- The challenges, including temptations, attacks, relationships, that would have finished you were it not for God vv5,6.
- How you passionately cried to the Lord in the day of trouble and answer came from heaven vv7, 8.. God can do it again if you have not forgotten how to cry.
- Many curses and evil conspiracies, perhaps unknown to you, that God refused from coming to pass in your life vv9,10 Note that in matter of curses God has the final say and not the enemy or Satan v10. Curses against true saints are always refused by God while saints will be delivered from “carry over” curses when they repent and cry to the Lord Galatians 3:13. Saints should not then fear the evil incantations of the wicked.
- Past victories over many and stronger enemies through the power of God v12.
- Past victories and deliverance without a fight v12.
- Past blessings you neither merit nor labour for v13.
A constant reflection on the above will be a source of strength and humility in your journey
Lord, I sincerely praise you for all the good and great things you have done for me particularly my salvation
Lord, help me that henceforth, my meditation will not be on my challenges but on your previous manifestations of power and favours
Lord, let your power and promises continually work for me
Lord, we remember that the plagues of the past became past events. Speedily do the same with this plague in your mercy
HYMN: Count your blessings
- When upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.
Count your blessings, name them one by one;
Count your blessings, see what God hath done;
Count your blessings, name them one by one;
Count your many blessings, see what God hath done.
2 Are you ever burdened with a load of care?
Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?
Count your many blessings, ev’ry doubt will fly,
And you will be singing as the days go by. [Refrain]
3 When you look at others with their lands and gold,
Think that Christ has promised you His wealth untold;
Count your many blessings, money cannot buy
Your reward in heaven, nor your home on high. [Refrain]
4 So, amid the conflict, whether great or small,
Do not be discouraged, God is over all;
Count your many blessings, angels will attend,
Help and comfort give you to your journey’s end. [Refrain]