Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Don’t Forget!

Text: Joshua 24:1-13

Key Verse: “And I have given you a land for which ye did not labour, and cities which ye built not, and ye dwell in them; of the vineyards and oliveyards which ye planted not do ye eat” (Joshua 24:13).

It is often said that those who fail to learn the lessons of history stand the danger of repeating its mistakes. Avoiding the mistakes of history then requires a constant remembrance of the events of history.

When we always remember where we are coming from, where we are, we will fully appreciate the power of divine providence in shaping our journey in life. And whenever we allow our sense of history to become activated by an internal or external force, during sober or joyous moments, we tend to appreciate some pleasant moments of history and then learn from some unpleasant moments or missteps as well.

As revealed in our passage, God understands the power of history and its effect on people. For the people of Israel, it was necessary to remind them again and again how God graciously and miraculously brought them from slavery into freedom; from no-people to a great-people status; how He delivered them from the bondage of Egypt, and God’s matchless providence throughout their journey in the wilderness and bringing them to possess the Promised Land.

Joshua was instructed by God to recount and remind them of God’s good dealings with them so that they would learn to love God and serve Him all the days of their lives.

The text today throws a challenge to us as believers. The Almighty has done gracious things for us: He grants us protection, provides for us, saved us from our sins and made us His own. God has been faithful.

Let us always count our blessings, appreciate His goodness and serve this gracious and good God all the days of our lives. That is the secret of receiving more from Him!

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: A thoughtful person is a thankful person.

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