We can often get disappointed by the actions of others
Reference: “you are to rise up from ambush and take the city. The Lord your God will give it into your hand.” Joshua 8:7 NIV
Explore: Trusting can be harder than living in disbelief.
When my husband forgets to buy me a birthday card, it’s hard to trust he will remember the next year! Even if I make a big deal about it and tell him how important cards are to me, when my birthday comes around I’m never sure whether he will come through or not.
It’s easier to prepare myself for the disappointment than to build up my hope and live again in dismay!
Application: Now, fortunately for me, forgetting a birthday card is not the end of the world. But we can often get disappointed by the actions of others and it’s hard to trust them again.
God told Joshua he was going to defeat the city of Ai. But when it came to the battle, Joshua’s army was quickly defeated and had to retreat.
It was discovered that one family had rebelled against God’s commands, and so, God had taken away His hand of victory for them.
Once that situation was sorted God sent Joshua back to Ai to fight. As Joshua stood before the city, God told him he would have victory.
How easy it would have been for Joshua to hold onto the recent loss instead of believing in the victory God had proclaimed.
We all face losses. There are some battles in our lives that end in defeat.
But God calls us on to victory. He does not proclaim disaster and destruction for our lives, but desires us to be whole and victorious.
Let us not hang onto our past defeat, but look to how our life is victorious in God.
Prayer: Lord, You are all powerful and victorious. May we dedicate our lives to following You and dedicating every battle to fight in Your name. Amen.
What has been a recent defeat for you?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.