Joshua 8: 1-2 "Then the Lord said to Joshua, "Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Take the whole army with you, and go up and attack Ai. For I have delivered into your hands the king of Ai, his people, his city and his land. You shall do to Ai and its king as you did to Jericho and its king, except that you may carry off their plunder and livestock for yourselves. Set an ambush behind the city." (Emphasis mine).
Have you ever wanted to do something and the Lord says to you, 'wait'. Or, 'not yet'?
A while ago, I wrote about how during the wait, God's doing something significant that we may not be seeing with our natural eye.
Sometimes we may think that because it's taking so long or because we don't see what we are thinking it should be like, that its reason to settle for something less, but we all know that that's not what God wants for our lives, He wants to give us His best. We know that there are many reasons He asks us to wait, but because we are His child, waiting is for our benefit, and it creates opportunity for a new thing in our lives, and all to the glory of God. Amen.
I had the opportunity to read this verse in the Book of Joshua.
This verse became important after reading Chapters 6 and 7, which I recommend you read as well to get the full context.
Briefly, in Chapters 6 and 7, the Lord had told Joshua that he had delivered Jericho into his hands (i.e. given him the city). He was then commanded to march around the city once with all the armed men, for 6 days. On the 7th day, they were to march around the city 7 times. In Joshua 6:18 the Lord says to Joshua to keep away from the devoted things as it would bring trouble. Later in Chapter 7 we see that a guy named Achan had hopped on along and taken that which was devoted, when it wasn't the time to.
We know it wasn't the time to take these ''good things'' from the land yet, as in Chapter 8, from what the Lord says to Joshua after He tells him to go into another city: "Do not be afraid, do not be discouraged.... You shall do to Ai and its kind as you did to Jericho (the place of the previous battle), except that you may carry off their plunder and livestock for yourselves..." (Joshua 8:1-2).
The New Living Translation says, "But this time you may keep the plunder and livestock for yourselves...."
But this time...
This time. The event of going into another city had occurred before, but it was this time, it was thee time. This particular time. Outside of that time was the wrong time.
Waiting. It can be a tough one eh?
We all make mistakes and may do something we're not supposed to at the appointed time. Even if you're a leader, you're going to make mistakes. It's just about being real with yourself and not allowing yourself or others put you on an untouchable pedestal. It's about how we handle it after the mistake that counts, i.e. did we learn something, did we grow from it? Are we getting closer to God now because of it? Are we now ready to do what God's asking us to do? etc.
I've already told you about how I started this whole website and went ahead of God, put all these sections to the website and I was all super jolly about it, only to have Him ask me to only start with one blog post. *Ouch* :) I smile about it now, but yes it was majorly humbling at the time. I can only boast in the Lord: but since then, I've never had to sit down and think: "what is the next blog post going to be?" but more of waiting on God until He told me what to say next; He's had the lead. It's a waiting process as well because I would sometimes see other sites doing 'more' stuff or had more sections, but had to wait on God's voice, and then proceed. Not only that, but we don't know other people's story or journey as they did their work, so it's unfair to judge by what the human eye can see. Amen. :)
God's timing is so perfect, when you see it happening, you'll be so content that you'll forget about past experiences or wonder why you went ahead before! He has it all under control.
Waiting on God teaches us to submit to Him, and to let Him take the lead.
This time, the Israelites had the joy (hallelujah!) of carrying the plunder and livestock, as the Lord said they could do. You too, will be able to enjoy what He's asking you to do. He had opened the door to enjoy this wonderful gift.
Let's remember that when God says 'not yet', it's 'not yet'. When He says 'go', 'go'. There's a time for everything :)
So here are the questions: Is the Lord telling you to go? Is He telling you that NOW is the right time? Enter the doors to which He is telling you to go. Why don't you have a nice heart to heart with the Lord tonight? He's with you all the way, as He's leading you to go where you wants you to go. Amen!
"Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows." -James 1:17
Side note: I found a quote that really stuck out to me. It said, "The good things in this world are not truly good, in comparison of the good things of the world to come." (From Gills Exposition) Definitely a good one to meditate on and think about! :)
So...speaking of gifts, Matthew 7:11 says, "If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!" Amen!
When I read that I was like..."ahh how much more will my Father give what is good..." and then I got to the part of: "to those who ask Him."
Haha, :) so I read the verse again :) and what stuck out to me was again, was, ask Him. :)
Friend, ask Him :) He wants to hear your voice, your heart, asking Him. He is in fact, your heavenly daddy.
I received a gift last week, in the form of an opportunity. I had read this verse, and I hopped on along, happy that I'd read it, until today, when I REALLY got it. :)
You see, my Abba so graciously opened my eyes to see that that opportunity wasn't some random chance of "oh such and such decided to give me a chance to do xyz", no, He wanted me to know that He had opened that door and that it was His. It was His perfect gift, all done for me. I had even prayed about it before, and when the opportunity occurred, I did thanked God, but had not yet fully realized that this is what He meant by His perfect gifts coming from Him alone.
Your heavenly Daddy wants to please you my dear child. He wants to see you happy and joyful to His Heavenly and precious Name.
Now, it doesn't mean that every gift will come in the form of angels floating down with it wrapped up in a large bow (although that would be lush) but it will come in the form of what our Daddy knows best, because He knows the full outcome of all things.
When I had also received the gift, I had thought: "hmmm I wonder why this person just decide to give this to me.." not in a suspicious way at all, but it was just that I had thought it had come "just like that!" (if you know what I mean) but now I believe it was God who said, my child, what you have been asking for, I have given you, it's all from me.
My point is: He's ready to bless you this day.
Believe that He will.
The verse also says that He is the Author of the heavenly lights. He is the Author of all lights indeed, which is good. In Genesis 1:4, it says, "God saw that the light was good and He separated it from the darkness." The Author who did this in verse 4, is the same one who will supply what it is that you need.
Even then, He, Himself, although everything else around us may change, including the gifts we receive, He will never change. Even the visible lights that He created (sun, moon, lights in our house, candle lights etc.) will also change at some point, but God will never change, He remains the same, Always and forever.
Stay blessed my fam <3
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for your good gifts that come from you. Thank you that your gifts are perfect, and that you know how to give good gifts to your children. Thank you Lord that even with these gifts, what is to come is even greater! You are so wonderful, so wonderful! Help me Lord to ask, to also notice and know when these perfect gifts come from you. Help me not to be blind to what you have so graciously provided and placed in front of me. All glory be to you Father, in Jesus' Name I pray, Amen.
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I feel like the Lord is teaching me lately about not working so hard.
I'm not saying that one shouldn't work...but I'm saying, in the story of Martha and Mary in Luke 10:38-42, I can officially introduce myself as...Martha.
So hi, I'm Martha. No, not from the Brady Bunch, just good 'ol Martha, from the Biblical.....Bunch...
I won't lie, this transition is not a smooth one, but by God's grace, I'm learning.
One area pertaining to working played out in front of me recently:
My mom got a tape measure to measure her waist. She was holding it in her hand and said to me that she was told that it was good to start measuring 2 cm from the belly button.
She decided to take a guess of where 2 cm was by using her hand. Eventually she said, okay, I'll just estimate.
I watched her and said, "how about using the tape measure in your hand to measure 2 cm?"
She didn't get it at first and then she started laughing and realized that she could've just done that from the beginning.
It reminded me of the story of the Widow's Oil in 2 Kings 4:10.
Elisha heard the cry of the lady: "Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that he revered the Lord. But now his creditor is coming to take my two boys as his slaves.”
Elisha responded: “How can I help you? Tell me, what do you have in your house?”
The lady said, “Your servant has nothing there at all, except a small jar of olive oil.”
Elisha tells the lady to go around asking the neighbors for empty jars. He tells her to pour the oil in the jars until they are filled.
When all the jars were filled, the oil stopped. She told Elisha, and he instructed her to sell the oil, to pay her debts, and that her and her sons could live on what was left.
So what's the connection between my mom and the Widow's oil?
Well, both of them had something in front of them that they could use in order to profit.
God has already placed something in front of you for profit, He has already given you a gift, an instrument, a book, a person, talent...etc. just something or even things, in order for you to use.
I was trying to go around me and I would think, "okay, so, next task I have to do is this and that!" and I would be so tired and warned out! Not a good idea!
Of course we have to be hard workers, but if God has given you the resources, (even if it's a "little bit" like the oil) we can be sure enough to rest that when we take hold of it, He will supply us with the direction, process, and we can start to see more coming out when we invest in the little that we have.
He never intends for us to be burned out, worried, and warned out about nothing, when really He can do it all for us!
For me, what's in front of me is the Word of God.
I feel like that's my starting point :-)
How about you?
What's your starting point?
Why don't you pray and ask God what's in front of you so you can start taking advantage of the great things He has given you!
Remember that you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you.
Is a girl who fell deeply in love with Jesus,