Sunday, October 18, 2009

Old Story--New Lessons

In Sunday School this quarter we are studying Joshua. Today it was about the very familiar story of the Battle of Jericho. This is one that we have heard from the time we could walk. Even people without a church background usually know about the story of Joshua and the Battle of Jericho, and how the 'walls came a tumblin' down'.

However, today I gained some new insights from this very wonderful story. It's amazing how something you've heard so often can have new significance in your life. These are some of the truths I learned today:
  1. Just like the Joshua and the people of Israel, we face enemies (walls) in our lives.
  2. God wants us to be obedient. ( Even though the instructions seemed strange, they marched with Joshua around the walls once a day for 6 days. They did not see the victory until the 7th day.)
  3. God will not compromise with sin in our lives. (There were very specific instructions they had to follow once the walls came down).
  4. It is always God who gives the victory. Any success or accomplishment we have in our lives is because He has worked in us through His love, grace and mercy.
  5. Nothing is impossible for God! (I'm sure the people of Israel had no idea how they were going to penetrate the high, thick walls of Jericho). God performed a miracle in their lives.

I have seen some miraculous things happen in my life and the lives of friends and family, most recently in the life of my son. My heart is full of gratitude for the way He has worked in my son's life, and also for the way He has blessed me in so many ways.

I am so thankful for the Word of God which is "God-breathed, and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, so that the man (or woman) of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work." II Timothy 3: 16,17


Diana said...

You know Donna it never ceases to amaze me that no matter how many times we study and read the gospel, we always can learn and find new inspiration in the word. Sometimes it can just hit you and you get it, Other times we may have to read over and over. Yet ultimately I always walk away with inspiration in my heart! Love Di

Teacher's Pet said...

I'm thankful for the ways God has worked in your life. As a Mother, I can smile straight from the heart when you mention your son and the way God has worked in his life. There could be no sweeter news to me. Thank you for sharing that.
Thank you for the points from your Sunday School lesson. Isn't it wonderful that the Word of God is timeless. Thank you, Donna.

beckymc said...

What a great way to look at a familiar story. Thank you for sharing with us. I am also glad to hear good news about your son

Rebecca. Harlan, IN said...

Great observations on that "old story" and reasons to praise God - for Tim's life and progress.

Wanda said...

Enjoyed your post's wonderful to have peace in our lives concerning our children.
Good news about your son!


elaine @ peace for the journey said...

I've stood on the front side of Jericho in the past week and am now tasting some of the spoils of victory! This has been nothing but God's fighting the battle for me and asking me to come along for the march.

Praise God for his continuing miracles in the lives of his people, including your son!


Dee said...

What a uplifting is exciting to see God working in Tim's life and bringing peace to the mom!!!!

Teacher's Pet said...

Hi Donna...I'm stopping in again to say hello...and hoping that you feel the smiles from me...

Letters From Midlife said...

This was a great post that encouraged me. Thank you.

Yes, you can use my post about the Amish couple in your blog. :-)

Brenda said...

Good story. Good applications.