Joshua 1-11: Miracles

I could be wrong, but it is possible that the first 11 chapters of Joshua have more miracles per chapter than almost anywhere else in the Bible.  I’m pretty sure that statement wouldn’t stand up to a lot of scrutiny, but it is rather incredible just how much God steps in as Israel moves in and takes over Canaan.  In truth, this really shouldn’t surprise us; God had been promising Israel since he tried to lead them into the land for the first time that he would take care of the inhabitants of the land; that the land would be conquered by the hand of God, not by the swords of the Israelites.  Right from Jericho on, we see that promise playing out.  Confusions among the enemy armies, the sun standing still for a day (would love to see that by the way), fortified cities falling of their own accord, even the “mundane” battles where Israel defeats kings (sometimes more than one at a time) are miraculous. Israel did not have a huge army, yet they were able to take on forces much larger because God stood with them.

I have often found myself daydreaming about God showing himself in that kind of power in our day and age.  Not so much the wiping out whole cities part, but showing himself in power. Miracles showing up on a daily basis (of course you would be right to remind me that miracles do happen on a daily basis).  But I read an interesting quote by a Christian author and social commentator from the 1970’s named Charles Colson.  He points out, “It is absurd for Christians to constantly seek new demonstrations of God’s power, to expect a miraculous answer to every need…this only leads to faith in miracles instead of faith in God.”

What an incredible perspective!  Our hope is not in the miracle, but in God’s power, ability and wisdom to act as he sees fit in the situation.  As long as we rest in that truth and place our trust in God, then we don’t have to wait with bated breath for the clouds to part, the thunder to roll and a blinding light to enter the scene.  We can trust that God has everything under control and

Think for a moment about the last time you were super worried about something.  A job situation, a family in trouble (yours or others), a financial concern, a relationship turned sour…I could very much go on and on.  Why do you worry?  Because you don’t have faith.  Before you get angry with that statement, consider that Peter wrote: “Cast all of your cares on Him, for he cares for you.”  (1 Peter 5:7).  Psalm 55:22, Philippians 4:6, Matthew 6:25-26 all give us the same message.  We are to rest easy in God’s care, having faith that God will take appropriate action if needed, miraculous or otherwise.

Happy reading.

  • What was familiar from this passage of scripture?  What was something I already knew?
  •  What was new from this piece of scripture?  What was something that really stood out for me that I have never paid attention to before?
  • Does Jesus appear in this passage of scripture?
  •  How does this passage apply to my life, here and now?  Do I need to do anything about it?
  •  What prayer would I offer up to God after reading this piece of scripture?

Tomorrow’s Reading: Joshua 12-15

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