And they said to Joshua, “Truly the Lord has given all the land into our hands. And also, all the inhabitants of the land melt away because of us.” (Joshua 2:24 ESV)
This is a pretty awesome verse, you have to admit. I (David) am reading through Joshua for one of my seminary classes, and I came across this verse.
I just love Joshua’s reaction to their fear! It stands in such stark contrast to what happened back when the Israelites sent spies the first time. They took everything as a confirmation that they were supposed to die in the wilderness, that God had abandoned or failed them, and that God was going to kill them by the hand of the “giants in the land.”
That’s often my reaction to difficult things. Just this morning, I was on my way to an important meeting that I was a little nervous about. It was tempting for me to think that the nervousness was God trying to tell me to cancel the meeting! I’m serious! I’m so glad I didn’t, though! That meeting was such a blessing and encouragement to me, I went and talked to my wife about it afterwards… Yeah. It was great.
I want to respond like Joshua – in faith. He was one of the only two spies that came back with a good report when they sent the twelve spies. He was willing to stand up and say, “God is good, and He will deliver us! He will keep His word!” When trials, difficulties, or even just nervousness comes, I want to respond like that – in faith. I think you do to.
God, please help us to respond to You in faith when the trials come, watching, waiting, and expecting You to do something awesome. We love You! Thank You so much for being our Heavenly Father.
In Jesus’ Name, amen.