This morning I met with some women friends as we began a new reading and study from the Book of Joshua in the Bible Old Testament.
I’ve always been drawn to this particular Old Book, so, I was eager to spend some time examining and discovering truths beyond a casual read. All in the company of other women desiring the same.
Briefly, the Book of Joshua follows the death of Moses, the man who led the people of Israel out of Egypt. Moses is also well known for overcoming various plagues inflicted on the Egyptians until the Pharoah finally allows the people to leave. Following the miracle of crossing through the parted seas, the Isrealites wander through deserts for the next 40 years.
Joshua, having been groomed and trained by the famous patriarch, Moses lays his hands on Joshua, commissioning him for the next great thing. Leading the people into the long-awaited Promised Land.
This profound story is one of promise and hope. Joshua may have been in his 80-some years. Maybe old to our thinking, but it is noted, Joshua was filled with wisdom and strength. He was groomed well. His task was magnificent, and one I’m sure he received willingly. It was a somber time.
Receiving the blessing from Moses, and the commands of the Lord God to heart, Joshua is greatly encouraged by the Lord God, “Be strong and courageous,” he’s told, more than once.
This much anticipated crossing the river Jordan took forty years to arrive. Which meant, a new generation, the offspring of those who fled Egypt, would be the ones to actually make that final journey. Yet, I can imagine the stories of hope and a future were continually passed on to them through their parents and tribal leaders. Teachings to equip and prepare their now adult children for what lay ahead.
Following this morning’s discussion, I pondered. What is my Jordan? What major crossing am I faced with? How do I receive God’s word for strength and courage? Am I listening? Am I equipped with wisdom and understanding?
The people of Israel didn’t really know what was ahead, but they did know there was a promise, a future….hope.
Joshua 1: 8 the Lord God says in preparation:
And, in Matthew, Jesus…
What is your Jordan?
February 14 begins this year’s 40 days of prayer, Seek God for the City. This prayer guide will take us up to the Easter celebration. Will you join me for these 40 days? Wouldn’t it be rich to discover what God is saying to each one of us on the completion of this venture? I would love to hear what He is speaking into your life.
I’ll be posting each week my own responses and thoughts as well.
If you wish to obtain a copy of the booklet, Seek God for the City, go here.