Thursday, May 5, 2011

Joshua 5:13-15 NASB

"Now it came about when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, a man was standing opposite him with his sword drawn in his hand, and Joshua went to him and said to him, 'Are you for us or for our adversaries?'  And he said, 'No, rather I indeed come now as captain of the host of the LORD.'  And Joshua fell on his face to the earth and bowed down, and said to him, 'What has my lord to say to his servant?'  And the captain of the LORD''s host said to Joshua, 'Remove your sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy,'  And Joshua did so."

There are "holy moments" in our lives when we know God's presence in a unique way, causing us to pause and take notice.  These moments are pregnant with the serious and the sacred, which always seem to merge together in a searching heart.  If you've known them, you will never forget them.  They seem to come at major points of divine leading in our lives,  but where we are facing the unknown with a great sense of our own inability and inadequacy.  Joshua was standing by Jericho, the first and formidable obstacle that stood in their way to the rest of Canaan, when "another world" showed up.  It's a wonderful thing, when we know we have been led of God to enter into new territory, to have "The Captain of the LORD's host" show up with His sword drawn, ready to take on what lies ahead and speaking words of assurance:  "See, I have given Jericho into your hand, with its king, and the valiant warriors," (6:2).  May God grant to you those divine moments throughout your life, when you know "the place you are standing is holy"We must know the the LORD before we can take the land.  We must know "the holy place" before we can conquer "the holy land". 

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