It is so incredible to me how God works! The more I have paid attention to that fact in the last few years, the more I want to follow Him even though I can’t always see where the road will lead.
Let’s look at the following story about God’s plan over hundreds of years to set apart the Israelites as His people whom He wanted to be a Godly example to the heathen countries around them.
Joshua 24:2-6 MSG
“Joshua called together all the tribes of Israel at Shechem. He called in the elders, chiefs, judges, and officers. They presented themselves before God. Then Joshua addressed all the people: “This is what God, the God of Israel, says: A long time ago your ancestors, Terah and his sons Abraham and Nahor, lived to the east of the River Euphrates. They worshiped other gods. I took your ancestor Abraham from the far side of The River. I led him all over the land of Canaan and multiplied his descendants. I gave him Isaac. Then I gave Isaac Jacob and Esau. I let Esau have the mountains of Seir as home, but Jacob and his sons ended up in Egypt. I sent Moses and Aaron. I hit Egypt hard with plagues and then led you out of there. I brought your ancestors out of Egypt. You came to the sea, the Egyptians in hot pursuit with chariots and cavalry, to the very edge of the Red Sea!”
In this whole last chapter of Joshua, their great leader has called them all together for one last farewell speech before they separated as tribes and went to live on the land they had conquered with the help of God.
In the passage above Joshua gives a brief synopsis of their history as a nation beginning with Abraham. The thing that is so interesting about this passage to me is verse 3: “I took your ancestor Abraham from the far side of The River. I led him all over the land of Canaan and multiplied his descendants.”
God totally amazes me all the time how He works. The Israelites were now in possession of the long-promised land, but Abraham had camped all over it hundreds of years before as God had led him where to go.
God was staking claim to this particular land for Israel when they would not even be a nation for hundreds of years. They could look back on a specific history of how God had worked on their behalf to bring them to this exact point in time.
This history was told over and over again from generation to generation so they would never forget. In the verses above Joshua would remind them again from where they had come and of the One True God who would bring them into the land that had been promised to them long ago.
I wonder how Abraham felt during this time of his life. God specifically told him he would be the father of a great nation, but being only human, he could not have understood the whole picture of what God would do in the future for Israel.
He just had to believe God would do what He promised, and probably never truly knew his importance in this Holy Plan while he lived on earth.
I’m sure He lived day to day like we do now, and tried his best to follow God’s guidance as to where and what he should do next. He would have missed everything if he had disobeyed God – at least everything that was truly important that would leave a lasting legacy.
And what a legacy he left behind by being obedient to God and stepping out on faith to do something he probably didn’t understand but felt compelled to do.
Don’t miss those things that are so important in your life that will matter for eternity just to do the trivial things that a year from now won’t matter at all!
This post written by Cathy Deaton.
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