Dear Friends in Christ:
The new minister was asked to teach a boy’s class in the absence of the regular teacher. He decided to see what they knew so he asked them who knocked down the walls of Jericho. All the boys denied having done it, and the preacher was appalled by their ignorance.
At the next deacon’s meeting he told about his experience with the boys. “Not one of them knows who knocked down the walls of Jericho, “ he lamented. The group was silent until finally one seasoned veteran of disputes spoke up. “Preacher, this appears to be bothering you a lot. However, I have known all these boys since they were born, and they are good boys. If they denied having done it, I believe them. Let us just take some money out of the repair and maintenance fund, fix the walls and let it go at that.”
THE WAYS OF GOD
Joshua marches the army around the city of Jericho for seven straight days. If you would have stopped Joshua on the sixth day and said, “General Joshua, this is a silly thing to be doing.” He probably would have said, “That is exactly what I was thinking.” “Then why are you doing it? You’re in command here” Then Joshua would have said, “You are wrong, I take my orders from the Lord God Almighty. I am doing this because He has commanded to do it.”
So you see the ways of God are not our ways. And when we believe in the ways of God and act upon them, that’s obedience to the Word of God.
Application for New Testament believers: Paul writes in Galatians 2:20, “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live but Christ lives in me.” In Philippians 2:13, Paul says, “For it is God who works in you to will and to act according to His good purpose.”
Now to many this may sound silly, someone else living in and through us. And Paul might agree. However, Paul would say as would Joshua, “I take my orders from the Lord God. And the life I now live in this body, I live by faith.” Therefore, for those who don’t know The Ways of God as expressed in His Word will find it impossible to live the Christian life because the things that are impossible with man are only possible with God. See Luke 18:27.
LIFE LESSON: The greatest need we have is not to do things, but to believe things. Believe The Ways of God as given in His Word and be a partaker of His divine nature. Psalms 119:105 says, “Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.
News Flash: The new edition of The Galatian Road, A Road Less Traveled will be out next month. You will receive your copy in the next Life Lesson mailing.
Thank you for your continued prayers and support. You are great partners in Christ.
Growing in His Grace,
Len Baker, Director