Sit Still Awhile

Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!

Psalm 46:10

Be still. This is so hard to do these days, isn’t it? Know that He is God. This means we have to “give up” our own way of controlling things and trust that He remains in control — no matter what.

When we watch the bad guys, however, how they are taking over and seem to win, we become scared of them. The last thing that makes sense to us then is sitting still. Can you imagine how many of the men of Joshua’s army, while watching the kings joining in force to fight Israel, became afraid? How could they sit still awhile and not go out to battle?

Sitting still was the right thing to do, though, as Matthew Henry explains (Joshua 10:1-6):

It was for the advantage of Israel to sit still awhile, that the forces of these little kings might unite in one body, and so might the more easily be cut off at one blow.

God’s ways may not make sense to us now. As soon as the battle is won, though, we will look back and say: “He worked it out all for the good of His people.”

Be still. Know that He is God. He will be exalted!

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The Battle is the LORD’s

Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.

Psalm 50:15

As we began to read the Book of Joshua this year, my husband said, “Yeah! Finally we are reading Joshua.” With a big grin on my face I told him that guys like to read stories about battles — girls usually don’t. “We like to read about romance, the colors of the curtains, the baking of breads and cakes, and raising children,” I replied. You should have seen his heart-warming smile!

The battle is the LORD’s!

Reading through Joshua is so different in April of 2020. Four months into this year I’m amazed how perfect God’s ways are. It seems the order of the books in the Bible — and the order in which we are reading them according to our BRP (Bible Reading Plan — see pdfs to your right) is exactly the way we need to read them during this difficult time. So far, God, through His Word, taught us the history of His people, compared the obedient with the rebellious nation, revealed the consequences of unbelief, showed us how Job got through his suffering, and now — having arrived in chapters 10-12 of Joshua — points out that He is the ONE who will fight for us.

Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.

1 Samuel 17:45

We are afraid when we keep constant focus on the giant and compare him to how small we are. It looks like God is not for us. In a situation like that it’s impossible to see that God is still in control.

The battle is the LORD’s. Put on the whole armour of God (Ephesians 6:11-18)

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God’s Word in Your Heart

Gather the riches of God’s promises. Nobody can take away from you those texts from the Bible which you have learned by heart.

Corrie Ten Boom

Now (more than ever before) is the time

  • to read God’s Word,
  • to meditate upon it,
  • to teach it diligently to your children, and
  • to memorize it
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