I Will Give . . .You

“And Caleb said, ‘He who attacks Kirjath Sepher and takes it, to him I will give Achsah my daughter as wife’.” Joshua 15:16

Sons and daughters are a great treasure and reward.

Father, we thank You that it is as much loved and blessed children that we are sent forth. And here’s a simple poem . . .

Heart Strings Attached

You are precious
you are loved

you’re a treasure
His delight

and though
you must go forth

you are never
out of His sight.

As He Said

“So Moses swore on that day, saying, ‘Surely the land where your foot has trodden shall be your inheritance and your children’s forever, because you have wholly followed the Lord my God’.” Joshua 14:9
“And now behold, the Lord has kept me alive, as He said, those forty-five years, ever since the Lord spoke this word to Moses while Israel wandered in the wilderness, and now, here I am this day, eighty-five years old.” Joshua 14:10

Caleb saw that God kept His word.

Thank You, Lord, for keeping us alive and fulfilling all Your promises. And here’s a simple poem . . .

Surely

If He spoke it
it is true
and it will come
to be.

Whether now
or then later
His word’s a certain
guarantee.

Advanced

“Now Joshua was old, advanced in years. And the Lord said to him; ‘You are old, advanced in years, and there remains very much land yet to be possessed’.” Joshua 13:1

God often worked through the older generations.

Lord, thank You for valuing and using those society overlooks. And here’s a simple poem . . .

To Those Remaining

There’s more work
yet to be done

and we’re so thankful
for those who’ve come

and lived their lives
in obedience to Him

an inheritance of faith
their sacrificial offering.

Servant of the Lord

“These Moses the servant of the Lord and the children of Israel had conquered; and Moses the servant of the Lord had given as a possession to the Reubenites, the Gadites, and half the tribe of Manasseh.” Joshua 12:6

Moses is often referred to as the servant of the Lord. I think of all that he did, those kings he defeated, even though he wouldn’t continue on with the children of Israel.

Lord, please help my desire to serve out grow any desire to be served. And here’s a simple poem . . .

A Servant Heart

Servant leaders
are leaders who serve

who aren’t afraid
that they’ll be hurt

through helping others
and giving up their place

so someone else can have
a taste of His grace.

Taking The Land

“So Joshua took all the land; the mountain country, all the south, all the land of Goshen, the lowland, and the Jordan plains – the mountains of Israel and its lowlands, (Joshua 11:16)
from mount Halak and the assent to Seir, even as far as Baal Gad in the valley of Lebanon below Mount Hermon. (Joshua 11:17)
Joshua made war a long time with all those kings. (Joshua 11:18)
There was not a city that made peace with the children of Israel, except the Hivites, the inhabitants of Gibeon. All the others they took in battle.” (Joshua 11:19)

Though chapter 11 of Joshua was a quick read, the reality of it lived out was much longer.

Lord, please prepare me and sustain me in the spiritual battles and warfare that happen everyday. And here’s a simple poem . . .

Like Oil and Water

There can be no peace
between good and evil
no making amends
no working things out.

Battles go on
and wars are fought
whether we realize
and like it or not.

Found Hidden

“But these five kings had fled and hidden themselves in a cave at Makkedah.” Joshua 10:16
“And it was told Joshua, saying, ‘The five kings have been found hidden in the cave at Makkedah’.” Joshua 10:17
“So Joshua said, ‘Roll large stones against the mouth of the cave, and set men by it to guard them’.” Joshua 10:18

I couldn’t help but notice the similarities of this situation to that of Jesus. These five kings went in alive, to come out and meet their deaths. Jesus, the One true King, went in dead, to come out risen and alive.

Jesus, thank You for entering the tomb of my heart and bringing me to life. And here’s a simple poem . . .

Out of the Dark

Hiding out in a cave
enveloped by the dark
hard to see past myself
without even a spark
until the Light compelled me
to step into its glow
and leave behind the dank dust
of yesterday’s false hold.

When Deceived

“But when the inhabitants of Gibeon heard what Joshua had done to Jericho and Ai,
they worked craftily, and went and pretended to be ambassadors. (Joshua 9:3-4)
So Joshua made peace with them, and made a covenant with them, to let them live; and the rulers of the congregation swore to them. (Joshua 9:15)
And it happened at the end of three days, after they had made a covenant with them, that they heard that they were their neighbors who dwelt near them. (Joshua 9:16)
Then all the rulers said to all the congregation, ‘We have sworn to them by the Lord God of Israel; now therefore we may not touch them’.” (Joshua 9:19)

The children of Israel weren’t happy that the rulers had mistakenly made a covenant with a nearby people.

Oh Lord, I ask for grace when I’ve been deceived, in order to do what would please and honor You above my hurting pride. And here’s a simple poem . . .

Pleasing Him

Being made a fool of
over and over again
embarrassed and angry
wanting to exact revenge
but better pride be wounded
and we more humbly live
to please and honor
and give glory to Him.

All The Word

“And afterward he read all the words of the law, the blessings and the cursings, according to all that is written in the Book of the Law.” Joshua 8:34
“There was not a word of all that Moses had commanded which Joshua did not read before all the congregation of Israel, with the women, the little ones, and the strangers who were living among them.” Joshua 8:35

Joshua read all the words. He didn’t leave out the parts he thought might offend, or bore, or be misconstrued.

Lord, I thank You for Your word and desire to read it all . . .not just the parts that are easiest for me. And here’s a simple poem . . .

All Has Meaning

All the words were written
in another time, in another place

for all of us to hear
by His wisdom, by His grace

for this season, for this moment
when we need truth, when we need light

for His word all has meaning
all has breath, all has life.

Your Great Name

“O Lord, what shall I say when Israel turns its back before its enemies?” Joshua 7:8
“For the Canaanites and all the inhabitants of the land will hear of it, and surround us, and cut off our name from the earth. Then what will You do for Your great name?” Joshua 7:9

Joshua’s statement brings the saying, “it’s not about me” to mind.

Lord, we desire to glorify You today, and thank You for Jesus through Whom our sins are forgiven, and the Holy Spirit, Who indwells and guides us . . .for the sake of Your great name. And here’s a simple poem . . .

For Your Sake

Oh let us be willing
for the sake of Your great name
to lay aside the things of the world
and joyfully proclaim
that You alone are mighty
that only You can save
and so we stand in awe and wonder
at the glory of Your name.

Marching Orders

“Now Jericho was securely shut up because of the children of Israel; none went out and none came in.” Joshua 6:1

Often when we have a problem that’s blocking us from moving ahead, we let it run around and around in our heads, exhausting us. God had the children of Israel march around the problem instead.

Oh Lord, we praise and thank You that whenever problems occur that try to keep us from doing what You’ve asked us to do, it becomes yet another opportunity for You to show Yourself strong and mighty. And here’s a simple poem . . .

Our Jerichoes

The situation seems impossible
like a done deal
there’s no way in or out for us
our emotions sag and reel.

But God has a way when
problems make us feel small
and by His strength and power
He’ll be glorified through it all.

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