Monday, October 9 – Joshua 8:30-31

Oct 8, 2023

Then Joshua built an altar to the Lord, the God of Israel, on Mount Ebal, just as Moses the servant of the Lord had commanded the sons of Israel, as it is written in the Book of the Law of Moses, an altar of uncut stones on which no one had wielded an iron tool; and they offered burnt offerings on it to the Lord, and sacrificed peace offerings.

 

After a sports team secures a significant win, they will often lift the person that made the game-winning shot, goal, or touchdown. They celebrate that person and give him or her credit for the win. The people of Israel had just experienced a major victory. They saw the Lord work, and He brought the victory. After this, they gave Him glory and worshiped Him together with their burnt offerings and sacrifices. This victory was a long time coming as a fulfillment of Deuteronomy 27­–28, and they gave credit to God, who was with them fighting for them every step of the way.

 

Do we properly credit God and worship Him for the wins in our lives? Are we looking for Him to secure the victories in our lives, or are we trying to play the game on our own? We can praise God even for little moments like a day of peace with our children or a spiritual conversation with a friend who is far from God. We should keep our eyes open to the opportunities for Him to work in the world around us, ready to give Him the glory in all things. Though you may feel tempted to take credit for yourself, He is always working behind the scenes. He is the one who keeps your heart beating, setting you in this time and place, and giving you the tools you need for life with Him. There is victory in Him. Will we slow down enough to praise Him in these moments, or will we quickly move on to the next thing we want from Him?

 

  • What have been some “wins” you have experienced recently? Did you take time to worship God after? Why or why not?
  • Why do we often forget the step of worshiping God after a win in our lives?
  • Praise God for all the wins He has achieved in your life.
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