Joshua 2:10,11—For we have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red Sea before you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to the two kings of the Amorites who were beyond the Jordan, to Sihon and Og, whom you devoted to destruction. And as soon as we heard it, our hearts melted, and there was no spirit left in any man because of you, for the LORD your God, he is God in the heavens above and on the earth beneath. (ESV)
Joshua sent two men from Acacia Grove as spies primarily to investigate the city of Jericho. The Israelites were preparing to move across the Jordan River to invade Canaan. When the spies entered Jericho they hid at the home of Rahab, a prostitute. She protected them from getting captured and made them promise to spare her family when they conquered the city. We can understand why she had no hope that Jericho would withstand an assault by her words in the above meditation.
Whenever Israel followed God’s plan amazing things happened. First, He caused their enemies to lose heart because they saw His muscle at work. Divine power breaks the spirits of those opposed to heaven’s agenda. Second, He encouraged Joshua and his countrymen by revealing the effect He had on those resisting them. But for them to see melting there had to be heat. God dried up the Red Sea so Israel could escape the Egyptian army. Moses led his countrymen to defeat the two Amorite kings, Sihon and Og. Those actions sent massive fear shivers down the spines of Jericho’s citizens.
When was the last time you saw hearts melting? If you are willing to do what God asks of you, it is impossible not to see Him at work. It may be imperceptible at first. Discouragement may set in as those against you seem unbeatable. So walk in faith. Press forward! Some of life’s greatest victories require crossing rivers. Obey your Lord and you will surely experience His power at work. Erwin Raphael McManus wrote in his book Chasing Daylight, “When the people of God relinquish the purpose of God, when there is no movement, we lose the power to change lives.”
My life in my hand is a pain and a problem; my life in God’s hand is a power and a possibility!—E. Stanley Jones
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Ecclesiastes 12:10-The Teacher sought to find delightful sayings and to accurately write words of truth. (Holman CSB)