Joshua 3:4-5 “Yet there shall be a space between you and it, about two thousand cubits by measure: come not near unto it, that ye may know the way by which ye must go: for ye have not passed this way heretofore. And Joshua said unto the people, Sanctify yourselves: for to morrow the LORD will do wonders among you.”
Many of us have been on the path to insanity and we didn’t even know it.
I have heard the definition of insanity to be continuing on the same path; doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results.
I have lived long enough to see my own life and the lives of others fall into this ‘insanity’. As I read in Joshua today, I saw a young man who witnessed many a miracle while following his mentor and leader, Moses. Now, God desired to use him in the very same manner, but Joshua’s heart needed to be prepared for what would happen.
So many times God reassured his servant that He would be with him.
Joshua 1:5 “There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.”
Three times God admonished Joshua to ‘be of good courage‘ or ‘be very courageous‘.
Joshua 3:4 “…for ye have not passed this way heretofore.”
2019 will be that way for us. For many we are facing this year with challenges we are bringing with us; walking alone as some have left us; and walking slower because we been presented some hefty challenges. For some those challenges are self-inflicted while others have been placed on us by others.
If we choose, we can follow along the same path we have always taken; thinking things will be different. But, before you and I commit another act of insanity, can we resolve to do this one thing – to seek God’s way in and through our problems this year?
One surefire way to prevent insanity from entering into our life is to get with the One who has designed our life for us. Far too many think themselves too creative in thought and talent to be limited to what God would have for them. That type of thinking directly opposes God on at least these two fronts:
- As a purchased possession of God, I am NOT my own. Therefore, I must yield my will and my way to the One who has rightful ownership.
- Thinking I know better than God for my life makes me at the very least selfish and at the most – saying ‘I am the god of my life’.
Wanting to be more than He designed me to be is prideful.
A fully functioning church is a formidable weapon against our enemy.
Act 4:31-32 “And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness. And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.”
When we are of one heart and one mind, God can guide and direct as He will with whom He chooses.
If we, the church, believe that the time is short – and it is – we must break out of the insanity of doing what we used to do thinking this year will be different.
Happy New Year dear reader! May this year be one of souls witnessed to and won; spiritual growth, and answered prayer!