January 4 - Joshua 8:24-35

January 4 - Joshua 8:24-35

 24  When Israel had finished killing all the inhabitants of Ai in the open wilderness where they pursued them, and all of them to the very last had fallen by the edge of the sword, all Israel returned to Ai and struck it down with the edge of the sword.  25  And all who fell that day, both men and women, were 12,000, all the people of Ai.  26  But Joshua did not draw back his hand with which he stretched out the javelin until he had devoted all the inhabitants of Ai to destruction.  27  Only the livestock and the spoil of that city Israel took as their plunder, according to the word of the LORD that he commanded Joshua.  28  So Joshua burned Ai and made it forever a heap of ruins, as it is to this day.  29  And he hanged the king of Ai on a tree until evening. And at sunset Joshua commanded, and they took his body down from the tree and threw it at the entrance of the gate of the city and raised over it a great heap of stones, which stands there to this day. 30  At that time Joshua built an altar to the LORD, the God of Israel, on Mount Ebal,  31  just as Moses the servant of the LORD had commanded the people of Israel, as it is written in the Book of the Law of Moses, “an altar of uncut stones, upon which no man has wielded an iron tool.” And they offered on it burnt offerings to the LORD and sacrificed peace offerings.  32  And there, in the presence of the people of Israel, he wrote on the stones a copy of the law of Moses, which he had written.  33  And all Israel, sojourner as well as native born, with their elders and officers and their judges, stood on opposite sides of the ark before the Levitical priests who carried the ark of the covenant of he LORD, half of them in front of Mount Gerizim and half of them in front of Mount Ebal, just as Moses the servant of the LORD had commanded at the first, to bless the people of Israel.  34  And afterward he read all the words of the law, the blessing and the curse, according to all that is written in the Book of the Law.  35  There was not a word of all that Moses commanded that Joshua did not read before all the assembly of Israel, and the women, and the little ones, and the sojourners who lived among them.


Joshua and the Israelites followed God’s exact plan and were victorious.  The killing couldn’t have been easy and they took only the livestock and spoils as their plunder and nothing else.  We see here their obedience led to total victory.


This can be encouraging to us as we follow God’s plans.  What are God’s plans for you?  How do you know and discern His plans?  Live with and look to Jesus for all things.  


Heavenly Father, I want to be victorious.  I don’t just want victory, I want Your victory.  It is sometimes so hard to see what plan You have for me with all the noise of the the world.  Sometimes I see good things that I think have to be something You want for me, but they go by and I don’t see Your hand guiding me to them.  It can be so difficult to understand at times.  I know there are so many good things I can do, but I don’t want to be so busy doing good things that I miss when You call on my to do something that You have for me to do.  I have seen many people so busy doing Your work, they don’t spend time with You, and I certainly don’t want to allow myself to ever be too busy for You.  Thank You for always being there for me.  I’m still amazed that the Creator of everything, would have time for me, but You always do.  I love You and adore You…I can’t help but sing the song in my head…”I love You Lord, and I lift my voice, to worship You, Oh, my soul….rejoice.  Take Joy, my King, in what You hear, may it be a sweet, sweet sound, to Your ears.”


In Jesus’ name.



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