Victory Takes Time
Daily Bible Reading – Joshua 9-11; 1 Corinthians 6
Today’s Key Passage – Joshua 11:16-23
Today we read Joshua chapters 9, 10, and 11. For the last couple of weeks, it seems that all of our readings have been leading up to these three chapters. In these chapters, Joshua outlines all the rest of the battles that the Israelites won to take over the Promised Land. We knew this was coming. Moses talked about it. Joshua talked about it. While we read Deuteronomy, we knew that the entire time the Israelites were perched right on the edge of the Promised Land. Then we got into Joshua, and in the last couple of days, we have seen key victories in Jericho and Ai. Now, in these three chapters, the pace really picks up. In a single reading, we get to see the Israelites take over the rest of Canaan. Our key passage today provides us with a nice summary of the battles, and throughout the reading we are constantly reminded of one important point – every victory that the Israelites experienced was because God was on their side. In addition, there is another important point that is not really spelled out in the text. While it seems like the battles were won quickly and that the Israelites conquered the entire land over the course of a couple of days, a little research reveals that this is not the case. Even though it only takes a couple of pages for Joshua to tell us about all of the victories the Israelites were given in the Promised Land, these victories that seem to come so quickly actually took about seven years or so. You see, sometimes victory takes time.
Do you ever feel like you are not progressing in Christ fast enough? Do you ever wonder why you are not further along? Do you ever wonder why you still struggle with certain things? When we first give our lives to Christ, sometimes we think “the change” will happen for us instantaneously. We wrongly believe that we will wake up the next day and we will never sin again. We think that we will never have another evil thought or desire. Then when we stumble – when we do have an evil thought or desire or when we do sin – we feel discouraged. We wonder why we are not past all of this. We want a complete victory over sin. We want a complete victory over temptation. We want to find ourselves living in the spirit 100% of the time and never slipping back into living in the flesh. Basically, we want the quick fix. We want the immediate victory. We must realize, however, that victory is a process, and it takes time. Never underestimate the changes God has made in you, and never discount those changes just because you are not perfect. Sometimes we think of our walk with Christ as a journey with a finish line. We believe that at some point, we will finally “get there” and we will no longer have to struggle with anything. The fact is, though, there is no finish line – at least not here on earth. While we are living here in our temporary home, we will constantly be evolving. God will continually make changes in us and make us better. Do not rush God and do not allow yourself to get discouraged. Instead, praise God for the victories He has given you, pray expectantly for the victories He will hand you in the future, and always remember that complete victory takes time.
During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you? Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.
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