Word Work: Thursday, November 17, 2005
A Word from the Word: Read Joshua 23:1-16
Food for Thought: Who are we?
Amnesia is a condition in which a person loses their memory. They forget who they are, where they have been and where they are going. Joshua, well advanced in years begins chapter 23 of the book that bears his name with a warning not forget their history, identity, and who it was that made all of their success possible.
Joshua warns the nation not to turn from God. The land they have inherited is a blessing for sure, but blessings can be taken away if the people are unfaithful. Joshua issues another warning, one that maybe doesnt appear to be dangerous at first. This warning is not to ally themselves with the foreign nations that are living around them. Why is this a bad thing. God knew that these other peoples religion, and lifestyle would be to great a temptation for the nation to overcome.
As Christians today, it is important we learn the story of Gods work through out human history. It is also important to see ourselves today as part of the unfolding story that God is orchestrating. We take our places in the drama, right next to Moses, Joshua, Peter, Paul and Timothy. Amnesia can devastate peoples lives. Think what could happen to churches, and the people of God if they forget their story?