“And it came to pass a long time after that the Lord had given rest unto Israel from all their enemies round about, that Joshua waxed old and stricken in age…” (Josh. 23:1).
Home at last! After many years of wandering around in the wilderness of our lives, we have finally made it to the place we can call home. Even after the many battles fought along the way, we have finally made it to the place we can call home. After all of the many enemies who surrounded us on all sides, we have finally made it to the place we can call home. In an act of exhalation, we breath a deep sigh of relief because it has been a long time coming.
For a minute or two, we thought we would never make it. It was an exhausting journey. Several times we may have thought of giving up because the journey became too much to bear at certain points. Nevertheless, we stayed the path and endured the difficult times and made it home at last!
Now that we have made it home, we must give due diligence to addressing the theological elephant in the room, so to speak. In all honesty, it was because of the Lord’s faithfulness and mercy that we were not consumed (Lam. 3:21-26). Because of this, we must always remember God in all that we endeavor to do We cannot ever forget that it was He who has…
“…given us benefits of life, forgiven our iniquities, healed from every disease, redeemed us from destruction, and satisfied our mouths with good things…” (Ps. 103:1-5; ref. to Deut. 8:10-20).
We will do well to learn a lesson from the wisest man who ever lived…King Solomon. After receiving rest from his enemies on all sides, Solomon was blessed with wisdom and riches beyond modern human comprehension. However, the moment King Solomon engaged in marrying and aligning himself with those whose beliefs were antithetical to his beliefs, King Solomon’s heart was turned away from following after God (1 Kgs. 11:1-13).
With a presumptuous spirit, we may say within ourselves, “I would never turn away from following God”. However, we would do well to remember that our enemy is a cunning and relentless foe. The moment we become overly prideful is the moment that he stands waiting to pounce on us (Eph. 4:27; 1 Pet. 5:8).
In consideration of this, once we have settled into our new home, we should do as our father, Abraham, did in every place he to which he traveled…establish a place to worship God for all of His goodness and faithfulness. Once we invite Him into our new dwelling place, it will indeed be a home at last!
Sean Mungin, author of “The Thorn In The Flesh”
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