"Other people are apt to get hurt by the thorns we do not take to God in prayer."
SOME THOUGHTS CONCERNING JOSHUA, A LEADER OF GOD'S PEOPLE.
PASTOR HAROLD J. LAWRENCE.
Beside the swelling stream of Jordan halted the multitudes of Israel-across these waters lay the land long promised by their God. Twelve chosen men went forth to view the land: and back with wails of woe came ten. "Giants in the land! We cannot overcome them," was the wail of those fainthearted faithless men.
Joshua and Caleb -the other two-were MEN, true men and bold, and stirred with godly zeal, stood forth and cried, "Let us go up at once and possess the land, for we are well able to overcome it." 'Twas all of no avail-the people gathered there gave heed rather to the fearful ones: they wept, and wailed, and wished again that God had left them in the toils of Egypt. "Hearken," cries Joshua, and with his faithful friend speaks forth. "If the Lord delight in us He will bring us into the land- a land flowing with milk and honey. See here the grapes of Eschol, the foretaste of the blessings that await us."
"If the Lord delight in us ....." But did the Lord -nay, could the Lord- delight in these miserable, murmuring, moaning men? No, but He sent them back into the wilderness to die for their unbelief.
In Joshua though, He did delight. Forty long, weary years expired, and round him in the wilderness died every one of those whose hearts had failed them on the borders of the promised land. But now again Israel -a new Israel- halts beside that same, swift,' swelling, stream pf Jordan.
Aged Moses passes on to his reward, and the proved and faithful Joshua is called by God to lead His people into possession of Canaan.
Joshua was no sanctimonious sentimentalist; but a virile, lion-hearted soldier. He it was who led Israel's army to victory against Amalek, while Moses bore him up in prayer. He was a man in whom the spirit of wisdom was. His motto was his name- JEHOVAH IS SALVATION.
Encouraged by the reassurance of God Himself, and His precious promise, "As I was with Moses, so shall I be with you," he gathered the people together, and sounded the clarion call, "Let us go in, posess the land, for the Lord our God is with us."
With faith and courage he led the multitude through the divided waters of the Jordan.- with assurance and wisdom he guided the armies of Israel to victory against the walled cities and the inhabitants of the land. With justice and Godfearing anger he purged the camp of sin, and delivered Achan to his judgment. With holy zeal and untiring labour he copied the tablets of the law of Moses, and delivered them to the people. At long last, with the peace that God had given-the peace
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