Wednesday, September 27 – Joshua 7:6-9

Sep 26, 2023

Then Joshua tore his clothes and fell to the ground on his face before the ark of the Lord until the evening, both he and the elders of Israel; and they put dust on their heads. And Joshua said, “Oh, Lord God! Why did You ever bring this people across the Jordan, only to hand us over to the Amorites, to eliminate us? If only we had been willing to live beyond the Jordan! O Lord, what can I say since Israel has turned their back before their enemies? For the Canaanites and all the inhabitants of the land will hear about it, and they will surround us and eliminate our name from the earth. And what will You do for Your great name?”

 

Most of us know at least one person we can call when we get into trouble—someone we know will come to help and rescue us in our mess. At this point in the book of Joshua, the people had been devastated, losing the battle against Ai and some of their people as well. Joshua was grieved. When his people were hurt, he was hurt. When the name of God was put to shame, Joshua’s heart broke. In the distress of losing the battle, he cried out to God. He came in humility and grief, open and honest before the Lord.

 

Do we view God as the One we can call on? Do we bring our grief, confusion, and brokenness before God regularly? Hebrews 4:15-16 says, “For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things just as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let’s approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace for help at the time of our need.” We have a heavenly Father who hears us when we call, who is merciful when we mess up, and gives us His grace when we turn to Him. In every moment, we can turn to Him. We can call on Him whether we are in distress or simply need His help to love someone well. He is the God who sees you. He is the One who is merciful to you. He is the One who is faithful to forgive you and restore you when you run to Him. He is ready for you to call.

 

  • What are some reasons we don’t call on God in difficult moments?
  • When have you run to God in a time of shame and distress?
  • Pray and thank God for being faithful to hear us when we call to Him.
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