I was given this Bible* at the end of fall semester my sophomore year in college.
My Bible study leader gave me this Bible as a parting gift before I left
to spend spring semester in Denmark.
Her inscription along with the scripture below created deep affection for the book of Joshua .
Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips;
meditate on it day and night,
so that you may be careful to do everything written in it.
Then you will be prosperous and successful.
During my 6 months abroad, there were many time when I realized my deep
need to meditate on the Book and to keep its words tightly enclosed around
my days and my heart.
This past week, I poured over Joshua 1:5.
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.
This was one of the promises the Lord spoke to Joshua.
One of many promises.
A promise that we can each easily borrow and hug tightly to our chests.
In this one verse, the pronouns you and I blanket the passage.
From the beginning of time, it has all been about you and I.
God’s laser sharp focus has been on you and me.
How often in contrast my focus is on me and other stuff.
Because of this deeply set heart of God’s on us;
nothing or no one will be able to stand against us
for the rest of our days.
It may feel as thought other factors are getting
the upper hand but in God’s mind, packaged within his purposes,
no one will stand against you.
As God was with Moses,
Joseph (Old and New Testament),
and countless others,
He has been and will be with you.
Despite anyone else’s actions,
He will never leave you.
He will never forsake you.
The God of the universe has been with and for you
every even and odd-numbered day of your life.
Keep his word on your lips so you can recount
and recall his promises to you.
Gather up his word and behold the exquisite
beauty of his carefully appointed bouquet delivered
just for you.
Wherever you travel in the length and breadth of His Word,
you will uncover the never-ending story of you and I.
*includes a random scribble from an unnamed toddler from the past 🙂