Across the Preacher’s Desk: Rising From Defeat

May 30, 2019 - Joshua was born a slave and yet became the leader of Israel. He was appointed to lead Israel into the Promised Land and was commissioned by the Lord to lead His people. Leading the people of God, Joshua went from victory to victory. They successfully crossed the flooded Jordan and conquered the fortified city of Jericho.

Yet, Joshua sent a few thousand to conquer Ai, and they were defeated. Following this, we see Joshua on his face, defeated and in despair. We hear the Lord tell Joshua to get up and He asks Joshua why he is lying on his face. (Joshua 7:10)

Joshua must not focus on this one defeat. He needs to consider the good things God has done for Israel. He must think of all the blessings God has already given and all of the blessings God has promised for the future. Instead of being power conscious Joshua has become problem conscious and is focusing on this one defeat.

Well, Joshua did rise up and he led his people to victory. When we feel defeated, we need to remember all that God has done for us. He loved us, He gave His son for us and he will also give us the victory. Like Joshua, when we suffer defeat, if we are not careful we too will become problem conscious and not power conscious. It was Paul who tells us that God gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ in (I Corinthians 15:57). That victory come to those who submit to the will of God, give their lives to Christ and live their lives for Jesus.

It’s something to think about…..tbp

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