God’s promise of blessing is no guarantee of an easy time.

Joshua 3:1-17
‘Sanctify yourselves; for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you’ (5). ‘Sanctify them in the truth; Thy Word is truth’ (John 17:17). Together with the command, there is the prayer. We are called to set ourselves apart for God. We can only do this when we look to the Lord for His strength. We receive His strength through His Word. We give ourselves to the Lord. He gives His promise to us: ‘the Lord will do wonders among you’. His promise of blessing is no guarantee of an easy time. In the promised land, there would be problems – and God: ‘as I was with Moses, so I will be with you’ (7). There would be conflict – and victory: ‘the living God is among you…He will without fail drive out from before you…’ (10). We look beyond Joshua to Jesus – ‘God with us’ (Matthew 1:23). In Him, we have the victory (1 Corinthians 15:57).

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