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Verse for Today: Sunday, November 04, 2012

Joshua 1:5 – No one will be able to stand up against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.

Today God’s promises come to us with a multitude of witnesses of faith whose lives demonstrate the faithfulness of God. His faithfulness was clearly visible during the lifetime of Joshua through all the events in the life of Moses which Joshua had witnessed. Joshua also witnessed how God used people like Aaron, Hur and Miriam. God saw to it that the powerful Pharaoh of Egypt could not stand up against Moses. The Red Sea, Marah or Amalakites could not withstand the spiritual fervor and faith of Moses. Joshua also learned that when Moses had to pass away into the presence of God, the work of God would continue. It was this reassurance from God that kept Joshua going in spite of the unfavorable circumstances and the continuous attack of the enemies. Joshua also learned that even before Moses, God was with Abraham and kept His promise of a son. He also knew how God was with Joseph and brought him to Egypt as part of God’s great plan of redemption for mankind. The marvelous works of the Lord during the more than 4 centuries in Egypt was open before Joshua to make great believer out of him. These experiences taught him to believe that it was impossible for God to leave him or forsake him. Joshua found the reassurances of God to him as the reinforcement of his faith to keep going. This was not the time for him to lose hope because Moses was gone, but to keep going forward by believing in God’s promises. Joshua found that God’s promises were evidence based and lively. He found God’s faithfulness credible, believable, trustworthy and powerful for him to understand and accept. Today the God of Joshua is with us and confirms the promises given to Moses and Joshua that He would be with us also to protect, empower and provide for us.

Dear reader, are you shaken because of your present bewildering situations? Is your circumstance leading you to perplexity because of insurmountable hills, devouring enemies, mighty winds and storms and uncertain supply lines? Remember, your Lord is above everything that looks negative and intimidating in your horizon. He rules your circumstances. He overrules any eventuality that tries to engulf you. His presence is with you to help you withstand the pressures of the unfavorable situations which confront you. He will see to it that the Anakites and the Amalakites would not stand against you. They will fall by your side as Goliath fell before the inexperienced little David. He will command the sea to stand guard on both sides of your pathway. He will break the hardest rock to give you water. He will heal the sick water to make it sweet to quench you. His supply line that extended forty years in the wilderness will continue to pour showers of blessings upon you all the days of your life.  Moses, and after a while even Joshua, will pass away, but Jesus will not. He is the same yesterday and today and forever. He knows when you are hungry and will become bread for you. He understands when you are thirsty and will be living water for you. What a Friend you have in Jesus when all others reject and resent you. When you are despised, He will welcome you to His presence and fill you with comfort, joy and strength to keep going. He will be with you when you are rejected by your own brethren as in the case of Joseph and David and will elevate you to greater heights. Today let us not look at the heroes of faith, but to their Lord who sustained them. Today our Lord speaks to us through these heroes of faith to reassure us that their Lord, who is our Lord also, will be with us now and forevermore.

Deuteronomy 4:31 – For the Lord your God is a merciful God; He will not abandon or destroy you or forget the covenant with your forefathers, which He confirmed to them by oath.

Thought for Today

The promises of God are timeless and boundless in power and strength for His children.
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