Wednesday, September 6 – Joshua 4:10-13

Sep 5, 2023

For the priests who carried the ark were standing in the middle of the Jordan until everything was completed that the Lord had commanded Joshua to speak to the people, according to all that Moses had commanded Joshua. And the people hurried and crossed; and when all the people had finished crossing, then the ark of the Lord and the priests crossed in front of the people. The sons of Reuben, the sons of Gad, and the half-tribe of Manasseh crossed over in battle formation before the sons of Israel, just as Moses had spoken to them; about forty thousand equipped for war, crossed for battle before the Lord to the desert plains of Jericho.

 

Have you ever helped a child get ready for school? Sometimes the hardest part of that job is helping them stay on task, remember to do the things they need to do, and set aside toys and other distractions. Doing the task together helps them focus. In a similar way, the cooperative effort of the Israelites was beautiful. Together they crossed the river. Together they prepared for battle. With the Lord before them, they were guided together across generations to a common goal and purpose.

 

When we join the church, we are doing more than finding a place where we will grow in our personal walk with Jesus. We are also taking part in a community where we will walk toward Christ together. We will prepare for spiritual battles together and praise His name together in good times and bad. When we make our faith only about us, we gravitate toward people who look like us and think like us. But when we make our faith about giving glory to God, we will find the bond of Christ with people from many different backgrounds and situation. Together we can spur one another toward Christ in our communities. Our walk with Christ is not meant to be done alone. As Hebrews 10:24-25 says, “Let’s consider how to encourage one another in love and good deeds, not abandoning our own meeting together, as is the habit of some people, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.”

 

  • When have you felt isolated in your walk with Christ? How does the church help avoid this?
  • How have you been an encouragement to other people in your church? How can you be, starting now?
  • Pray and ask God who you can encourage in the faith.

 

 

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