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Mondays with Pete

February 12, 2018

Good morning:

With temperatures in the 60’s the morning, it is unseasonably warm even for Florida in February.  The air is thick with humidity.  More than ten inches of rain has fallen over the past 24 hours.  The weather radar shows an ominous line of showers that will move into the area and settle in for another day.  The back parking lot of the church is flooded.  There was a short break in the constant rain first thing this morning, but it’s raining again. I slip into the office a little earlier than usual because staff members are out sick.  As my work “to-do” list, made last night lying in bed, ran through my before coffee mind, I knew there would be little tranquility in what will be a very busy and challenging week. So my prayer is that my week will be much like the weather forecast – stormy, with an ominous list of tasks that will consume the hours in this week with a vengeance, with a clearing lists and skies later in the week that will bring glorious spring weather.

My morning devotion started with a quote from Joshua 1:5.  “No one will be able to stand against you as long as you live.  For I will be with you as I was with Moses.  I will not fail you or abandon you.” 

          You may remember that Joshua was given the task of leading the people of Israel into the promised land after the forty-year exodus through the wilderness following the their captivity in Egypt.  Many read this story and think they just crossed the Jordan River into a “land flowing with milk and honey.”  This would be a place of peace and tranquility.  There would be respite for God’s people weary from generations in slavery and a generation of wandering in the desert under the leadership of Moses.  But this would not be the case.  Yes the land was promised to them.  It would be a land of milk and honey.  It would a glorious homecoming.  But there was something ominous looming before them.  They need to cross the stormy Jordan River.  They would have to fight for Promised land because it was occupied.

They stood expectantly on the eastern bank of the Jordan waiting for the announcement from Joshua that the time had arrived.  The Ark of the Covenant was raised before them by the priest and waters of the Jordan parted just as the Red sea had parted some forty years before as the priests stepped into the rushing flood waters.  A great entrance into the Promised Land was about to take place.  It would be a great day in the life of Israel.

I can only try to understand what might have been running through Joshua’s mind that day.  He had been given the mantle of leadership.  The people were excited about finally entering the Promised Land.  But the land was not just open land that could be settled at will.  It was occupied.  The land would have to be conquered.   There would be more trials, obstacles and loss of precious life before they could truly claim the land as theirs.  I am sure Joshua had his doubts about his leadership abilities and whether God had chosen the right person to carry out the task before him.  I am sure he fervently prayed for direction, guidance, strength and peace in the decisions and tasks before him.  The day of crossing into the Promised Land was going to be great day, but what loomed ahead would test the faith and endurance of Joshua and the people of Israel.

Then Joshua gets a “word” – a promise – from the Lord. No one will be able to stand against you as long as you live.  For I will be with you as I was with Moses.  I will not fail or abandon you.”

          As we start our week together and the challenges it will present us, we must remember that God will never abandon us or fail to help us.  By asking God to direct us, we can conquer life’s challenges.  So as you face your week, remember God’s message to Joshua for it is just as much a promise to us:  “I will not fail you or abandon you.”

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Rev. J. Pete Hyde

Pastor

Santa Rosa Beach Community Church
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