now Joshua was old and stricken in years; and the LORD said unto him, You are old and stricken in years, and there remains yet very much land to be possessed (Josh. 13:1).
Joshua was now about 100 years old.
The first seven, and perhaps the first twelve, Verses of this Chapter are the very words of Him Who said, “In My Father’s House are many mansions.” He here pointed out to His People the “very much land” that He had prepared for them. He desired to make them understand and know all that He had given them. He had a Perfect Plan for them, as He has for His Own today. There was nothing uncertain in His arrangements, but, on the contrary, everything was orderly and well defined.
The fact that these Verses are the very words of the Lord Jesus Christ makes them especially precious to the Christian, while, to the ordinary reader, they are uninteresting. The sad word, “nevertheless” (13:13), expresses man’s response to the exceeding Great and Precious Promises of the preceding Verses. Such is also the sad condition of most Believers presently. All spiritual blessings are ours in the Heavenlies in Christ, but how few of these are really possessed and enjoyed!
There is a difference between the Gifts of God and receiving and enjoying those Gifts; and, accordingly, how many enemies remain unsubdued in the hearts of Believers.
Please allow me to state that which we have stated again and again:
All that the Lord has for us can never be realized unless we make the Cross of Christ the Object of our Faith. If we try to possess these “Promises” by carnal means, it cannot be done!
As we have repeatedly said, the Holy Spirit Alone can make real to us the victories already won by Jesus Christ, and He ever does so by the Cross and our Faith in that Finished Work (I Cor. 1:18).
The Art of Knowing
Read Deuteronomy 29:1 through 31:30
John was in a hurry as he drove down Main Street. As he approached an intersection he immediately detected trouble. The traffic light was not glowing—the electricity had gone out.
Drivers in the busy intersection quickly became nervous and unsure. No one seemed to remember how to respond in a busy four-way intersection without the help of the light. Even John, a seasoned driver, had trouble remembering the driving rules he had learned as a teenager.
No, the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it. See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction (Deuteronomy 30:14–15).
God’s Word serves as a light to those who choose to follow it. However, when we neglect reading and absorbing God’s Word, we can find ourselves lost and helpless in times of trouble. The purpose of studying Scripture is to take God’s Word to heart—to digest it. Truly knowing God’s Word will serve us well in any situation.
Thought for Today: How often do you read and study God’s Word? How easily can you recall Scripture?
Quicklook: Genesis 30:11–20
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