READ: Joshua 7:1-8:35 (esp., v30-35)
- Sometimes you just have to revisit your roots. So Joshua takes Israel’s new generation through the experience of which the older generation had undergone. He rewrote the entire Law of Moses and he read it in its entirety to the people. He lined the people up reminiscent of the previous generation’s experience at Mt. Ebal and Mt. Gerazim. In that day, according to Deuteronomy 26:17, the people had agreed to all that God had commanded.
- Following the failure to keep faith with God, Israel offered sacrifices and offerings and they listened to the law of God. This renewal of commitment provided a new beginning. The hope of Israel was in the fact that God specialized in new beginnings. This wasn’t the first they had experienced, and it wouldn’t be the last they would need.
- Renewal is a beautiful concept. It’s something we can use from time to time. We need it personally (rest). We need it for our marriages and family, and we often need it spiritually. The beauty is that God provides that opportunity. All we have to do is come to Him with repentance and petition. So long as we rue the failure and long for the relationship, He promises us His forgiveness and reconciliation.
- Describe a time you needed a season of renewal with God.
- Read 1 John 1 for guidance in seeking renewal.
- What are the situations that most drain your relationship with God?
Once again, thank Him Thank God that He is consistently redemptive. Pray for your own personal renewal. Ask God to help us stay strong in Him.