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.

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.

Take Off Your Shoes

“So He said, ‘No, but as Commander of the army of the Lord I have now come’. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth and worshiped, and said to Him, ‘What does my Lord say to His servant’?” Joshua 5:14
“Then the Commander of the Lord’s army said to Joshua, ‘Take your sandal off your foot, for the place where you stand is holy’. And Joshua did so.” Joshua 5:15

I’m not sure if Joshua was expecting this to be the first thing the Lord would say to Him.

Lord, we desire to understand more about Your holiness. Please show us what attitude, behavior or habit we need to take off – as well as our shoes – when we come into Your presence and seek to hear Your voice. And here’s a simple poem . . .

Standing Holy

As I come into Your presence, Lord
to hear what You have to say

You show me I can’t enter in
just any old way

but must strip myself of the shoes I wear
that carry me around in pride

and any other lofty thing
that I harbor deep inside.

Standing in the Midst

“So the priests who bore the ark stood in the midst of the Jordan until everything was finished that the Lord had commanded Joshua to speak to the people, according to all that Moses had commanded Joshua; and the people hastened and crossed over.” Joshua 4:10
“Then it came to pass, when all the people had completely crossed over, that the ark of the Lord and the priests crossed over in the presence of the people.” Joshua 4:11

Once again God made the impossible possible for the children of Israel, as they crossed over the flooded Jordan on dry ground.

Thank You, Lord, for making a way for us to stand and walk through the flood of our situations that seek to knock us off our feet and keep us from You. And here’s a simple poem . . .

Through the Flood

Over the banks
dark waters rise
but You want us on
the other side
so You make a way
for us to cross
and no one drowns
no one’s lost.

You Follow Me

“Peter, seeing him, said to Jesus, ‘but Lord, what about this man?'”
“Jesus said to him, ‘If I will that he remain til I come, what is that to you? You follow me’.” John 21:21-22

I have echoed Peter’s question many a time.

Thank You, Lord, for Your answer that moves me in the right direction when I get stuck focusing on someone else and what they are doing. And here’s a simple poem . . .

How To Walk

Show us, Lord, how to walk
and closely follow You
while we must be beside
those that hurt us too.

We know that You will make a way
for us to be true
to the One Whom we adore
and whoever You send us to.

On Monday I’ll be starting through the Book of Joshua . . .Old Testament time again! Thank you so much for helping me do this devotion/poem thing!

Be Believing

“Then He said to Thomas, ‘Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here , and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing’.” John 20:27

The world around us grows more and more distrusting and cynical.

Thank You, Jesus, for giving us every reason to believe You and trust You. And here’s a simple poem . . .

Unless We See

Thomas wasn’t there
when You first came
he hadn’t seen for himself
the truth the others claimed.

You didn’t rebuke him
but made sure he knew as well
that You were indeed alive –
Good News to spread and tell.

King Jesus

“Now Pilate wrote a title and put it on the cross. And the writing was:

JESUS OF NAZARETH
THE KING OF THE JEWS (John 19:19)

Then many of the Jews read this title, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city; and it was written in Hebrew, Greek, and Latin. (John 19:20)

Then the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, “Do not write, ‘The King of the Jews’ but, ‘He said, “I am the King of the Jews”.'” (John 19:21)

Despite the objections, the title remained.

Thank You, Lord, for establishing Your Kingdom, even when we don’t know just how much we need You as our King. And here’s a simple poem . . .

His Kingdom Come

You say rightly
that I am King
and it is for
this very thing
that I have come
into the world
to establish My Kingdom
and let Truth rule.

This Is Eternal Life

“And this is eternal life, that they may know You; the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” John 17:3

The only true God wants us to know Him and be with Him forever.

Thank you, Lord, for sending us eternal life through Jesus. And here’s a simple poem . . .

Within Reach

We can know You
if we want to
we can see You
with our own eyes
we can touch You
if we reach out
we can believe and have
Eternal Life.

Remember That I Told You

“But these things I have told you, that when the time comes you may remember that I told you of them. And these things I did not say to you at the beginning, because I was with you.” John 16:4

We recently did a little house sitting. Although I go there every week to clean, there were some other things she needed to tell me before she went away.

Thank You Lord, for telling us what we need to know for today and for each of our tomorrows. And here’s a simple poem . . .

When The Time Comes

While You were with them
they hung on Your every word

and when You had to go
You’d remind them what they heard

just as Your Holy Spirit
testifies of the truth

that nothing lies ahead for us
that doesn’t go through You.

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