I was reading the story of Joshua. You remember him I hope. God used him to bring the Israelites to the Promised Land after Moses was taken from them. I picked up the story near the end of Joshua’s life where he was retelling the Israelites about all that God had done for them, reminding them God has fought for them and had brought about every promise leaving nothing undone (Joshua 23:14).
Then Joshua admonishes them to “fear
God and worship Him in total commitment” (Joshua 24:14 MSG). He tells the
Israelites to choose who they will serve, reminding them that just as God has
been for them, He will be against them if they break their covenant of
commitment to God. Every one of them
committed that day to worship only God.
Flip a couple of chapters
ahead and you find Judges recounting the same story of the covenant Joshua had
set up with the Israelites just before he died.
What we see is that the generation that made the covenant kept their commitment
but the next generation broke the covenant by choosing to follow after other
gods in the land. Then Judges 2:15 (MSG)
says, "Every time they walked out the door God was with them—but for evil,
just as God had said, just as he had sworn he would do."
Do you realize that every
time you walk out the door God is with you? Everywhere you go He is with you.
God has not left you. He
is always with you. Let that sink in for a moment. Now ask yourself, have you
This is the beauty of your
relationship with a God who loves you. No matter where you go He is with you
but He wants you to be with Him.
Perhaps today you needed
to hear what I heard. That no matter what is going on in your life, no matter
how much you may have messed up, no matter how long it has been since you last
prayed or sought after God, He has remained faithful to you and has not left
you. However, if you want Him to be for you, you need to be totally committed
Take a moment
right now to reconnect with God or to thank Him for always being with you, for
faithfulness and for His immense love for you. Now walk out your door
knowing He walks with you.
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