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Ask God First

Peter Jenkins

Apr 2nd 2021 · Day 92

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We have some incredible lessons in these chapters.

Firstly, the problem with sin, which is the background to today’s reading. In Joshua 7 we read about Achan. Achan reminds us that none of us live to ourselves, we are part of something much bigger. This is especially true when it comes to the body of Christ. As members of the body we all have an important function. When one member suffers we all suffer, but what happens when one member sins? Achan is a constant reminder.

Sin can reveal itself in so many ways; disobedience with Achan and now arrogance from the nation. Joshua 9 tells us that when the men of Gibeon came, having heard of the way Israel had destroyed their enemies, they wanted to make peace with them. They pretended to come from a far distance. Israel ‘did not ask counsel from the Lord’ (v14) and they were deceived by them. It’s always better to ask God first.

Secondly, the power of the sun. The gravity of the sun, at the centre of our solar system, is what keeps all of the bodies within our system together. The core temperature is around 27 million degrees Fahrenheit. The interaction between the sun and the earth is what gives us our climate, seasons and the currents of the ocean. It is due to the energy from the sun that there can be life on earth.

When Joshua asked God to make the sun stand still, in Joshua 10:12-13, just think for a moment how much faith Joshua had in God to ask him to do that.

He believed that the God who put it there controls it. Maybe God is reminding us all that He could turn it off at any time!

Pause and reflect: We are dealing with the God who created the universe. He holds it all together and our next breath is in His hands. Remember, it’s always better to ask Him first!

Written By

Peter Jenkins

Peter serves as chaplain to The Voice Asia, a multimedia ministry targeting non-Christian Asians. He is also chaplain of the International Motors Group and missions pastor at Victory Church. He is passionate about being a channel of God’s blessing wherever he goes. Follow him on Twitter @PastorDelBoy

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