Do you ever feel like you're stuck in a spiritual rut or that you're running on empty? The Israelites certainly did, but just as they did, you too can move from the wilderness to the Promised Land. In Glory Days, Max Lucado invites readers to leave the wilderness and discover a life defined by grace, refined by challenge, and aligned with a heavenly call. By studying the life of Joshua and the biblical book that bears his name, Lucado reveals God’s promises for every step and reminds readers that God still fights for them. (Family Christian website)
1 After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ aide: 2 “Moses my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them—to the Israelites. 3 I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses. 4 Your territory will extend from the desert to Lebanon, and from the great river, the Euphrates—all the Hittite country—to the Mediterranean Sea in the west. 5 No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. 6 Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them. (NIV)
Max Lucado is the best storyteller I have heard in a long time. His disarming stories will make you feel like you are reading a letter from a family member.
It has been a long time since I read Joshua. I had to reacquaint myself. Joshua begins right after the death of Moses (remember God told Moses he would not enter the Promised Land because of disobedience?) Right away God gets busy telling Joshua what must be done to inherit the land the Israelites were promised. Few people believed they could take over the land of milk and honey, but two spies had faith. They met Rahab and she protected them until they were safely out of the city. She accepted their God and because of that she and her family were saved from the destruction brought on the rest of the land.
Once again the Israelites had to cross a body of water. This time it was the Jordan River. After crossing twelve men were to take stones and make an altar so that all who saw it would be reminded of God's power and how He saved the Israelites once again.
How far do you trust God? Would you walk into a rushing river if He told you to? Would you walk quietly around city walls for seven days and then party on the last lap? (Joshua 6) Would you fight a large army that looked from the world's view a losing battle because God said so?
The Israelites were by no means perfect. Look at Achan. Even after everything he saw, he still disobeyed God for some treasure. It caused him to lose his life and the lives of his family members. Once they removed the sin from their people, the army was able to defeat its enemies and inhabit the land.
Joshua 21:43-45 New International Version (NIV)
43 So the Lord gave Israel all the land he had sworn to give their ancestors, and they took possession of it and settled there. 44 The Lord gave them rest on every side, just as he had sworn to their ancestors. Not one of their enemieswithstood them; the Lord gave all their enemies into their hands. 45 Not one of all the Lord’s good promises to Israel failed; every one was fulfilled.
The book concludes with a study guide by David Drury. Each chapter is broken into three study sections: 1. Your Wilderness 2. Your Crossing Moment 3. Your Promised Land. You will get a lot more from the lessons in the book if you use this section. There is also a DVD and a soft cover study guide available for purchase that is broken into sections for small study and further reflection.
I was surprised to learn that Max Lucado storyteller to storytellers was shot down the first time he preached. He was told he gave too many pictures and stories in his sermon. If he had allowed this bad advice to go unchecked, he may not be the man he is today. His father heard the reason he was dismayed after teaching and went back to the church and corrected the situation. Why? Because Dads stick up for their kids, just like God watches out for us!
PS. But wait, there's more! In December 2015 Lucado's latest 365 Daily Devotional God is With You Everyday will be released. There is a two week sample of the devotional in Glory Days! Enjoy!