March 11, 2017

March 11, 2017


Focus Verse: “Now the Lord said to Joshua, ‘This day I will begin to exalt you in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that just as I have been with Moses, I will be with you.’”
Joshua 3:7

“On that day the Lord exalted Joshua in the sight of all Israel; so that they revered him, just as they had revered Moses all the days of his life.”
Joshua 4:14


Joshua was exalted in the sight of people because He was first exalted in the eyes of the Lord. Are you looking to find favor with people or with the Lord? Favor with people will always come and go. There will always be someone better than you and me, there will always be someone smarter, cooler, more trendy. In the eyes of humans, we simply will never be able to keep up. But in the sight of the Lord, there is no such thing as keeping up.


In fact, trying to keep up only gets you further behind in the kingdom of God. Surrendering everything and relying completely on Him, admitting your shortcomings, becoming weak so that He can be strong for you, those are the things that will find you favor in the Lord’s eyes. Following His will and denying your own, becoming spiritually poor, that is the way to live in God’s kingdom.


When that happens, even if this passage read, “the people of Israel refused to exalt Joshua, but God did.” that would be worth it. We live in a world today where the approval of man has become FAR too important. Social media causes us to kill ourselves trying to live up to everyone else’s fake expectations, when the only thing we should be striving for us the approval of God.


When you are exalted in the eyes of God, He will exalt you in the eyes of those who matter…not because these people are better than others, but because these people are the ones God has chosen you to have favor with. That doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be ministering to a church of 30,000 because you have favor with God. His will may be for you to find favor with a body of ten.


And we need to be just as content with that. God’s will might never line up with the world’s standard of success…then again, neither did dying on a cross.

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