• William T. Howe Ph.D.

March 17, 2021

Daily Reading: Joshua 22-24

Joshua 24:31

And Israel served the LORD all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders that overlived Joshua, and which had known all the works of the LORD, that he had done for Israel.

While Moses was alive Israel served the Lord, while Joshua was alive Israel served the Lord, while those who lived after Joshua died Israel served the Lord. Why? They personally knew all the works of the Lord that He did for Israel.

They knew of the bondage in Egypt, they knew of the ten plagues, they knew of the Passover, they knew of the crossing of the Red Sea, they knew of the water from the rock, they knew of the manna, they knew of the quail, the forty years of wandering in the wilderness when their clothes did not wear out; they knew that too. They knew of the way God conquered the enemies that were superior warriors, living in defensed cities, with better chariots and armaments. They knew that the Jordan parted, and they walked over on dry ground, they knew that the walls of Jericho fell, they knew that God drove out the "ites" from the land with a strong arm. They also knew of the law of God, they knew what it was, why it was, and how to fulfill it. They knew! They had personal knowledge of the Greatness of God in His involvement with their daily lives.

So, what happened to the generation after the generation that knew these things? We will learn more in the coming days. But suffice it to say today, they failed to have a personal knowledge of God's Greatness toward them. Therein is the danger of living in the Promise Land. Think about it like this. Israel in Egypt, Israel in the wilderness wanderings needed the Lord. They had to have His involvement in their daily lives, both personally and nationally. They cried out to Him. Do you remember that all the way back in Exodus 3 when God called Moses to deliver His people from bondage that the Lord said, I have heard their cry. They cried out to God because they had no other hope. They cried to God, He heard their cry and He involved Himself in their need.

But the generation in the Promise Land, had no need. Not like that. They were living in the land of plenty. They failed to know all that God could or would do on their behalf. In the next book of the Bible we will see that on numerous occasions the people of Israel were once again put in bondage, then they once again cried out to God for help. Every time they did He did!

The secret then is to learn to know of God and His great works while living in the Promise Land (today called the "rest" of God). How? Read His Word continually, submit yourself to Bible preaching and teaching, pray about everything all the time, keep record of His answers to your prayers and have some type of ministry in which you are personally involved. These four things are the basics of the victorious Christian life. Do them and you will know of God.

Until tomorrow, live for Christ today.

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