Annunciation of Our Lord
Friday March 25, 2022
Created by Cameron Bowersock
Joshua 4:14–24 (NIV)
14 That day the Lord exalted Joshua in the sight of all Israel; and they stood in awe of him all the days of his life, just as they had stood in awe of Moses.
15 Then the Lord said to Joshua, 16 “Command the priests carrying the ark of the covenant law to come up out of the Jordan.”
17 So Joshua commanded the priests, “Come up out of the Jordan.”
18 And the priests came up out of the river carrying the ark of the covenant of the Lord. No sooner had they set their feet on the dry ground than the waters of the Jordan returned to their place and ran at flood stage as before.
19 On the tenth day of the first month the people went up from the Jordan and camped at Gilgal on the eastern border of Jericho. 20 And Joshua set up at Gilgal the twelve stones they had taken out of the Jordan. 21 He said to the Israelites, “In the future when your descendants ask their parents, ‘What do these stones mean?’ 22 tell them, ‘Israel crossed the Jordan on dry ground.’ 23 For the Lord your God dried up the Jordan before you until you had crossed over. The Lord your God did to the Jordan what he had done to the Red Sea[a] when he dried it up before us until we had crossed over. 24 He did this so that all the peoples of the earth might know that the hand of the Lord is powerful and so that you might always fear the Lord your God.”
So, we are always confident; even though we know that while we’re at home in the body we are away from the Lord — for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yes, we do have confidence, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So, whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him, for all of us must appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each may receive recompense for what has been done in the body, whether good or evil. Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we try to persuade others; but, we ourselves are well known to God, and I hope that we are also well known to your consciences. We are not commending ourselves to you again, but giving you an opportunity to boast about us, so that you may be able to answer those who boast in outward appearance and not in the heart. For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. For the love of Christ urges us on because we are convinced that one has died for all; therefore, all have died. And he died for all, so that those who live might live no longer for themselves, but for him who died and was raised for them.
This text makes me remember that I am never alone in this world. If we’ve got God, we will always be safe. The scripture reads, “for we walk by faith, not by sight.” To me, this makes me think about how we don’t need to see the face of our creator to know that they are with us. In our faith, we have in this world what keeps us going and what keeps us loving each other, for that is what we are called to do: to love one another in the name of our lord.
We are also told by this passage, “we are not commending ourselves to you again, but giving you an opportunity to boast about us…” Our God has so much love for us, that we are not asked to give any more than our admiration to our God alone. When we do this, we are doing God’s work by supporting one another. We are spreading the love that is put into us.
This passage ends with the reminder that Jesus died, for all of us, so that we could all live with him in Heaven. For paradise is promised to all those who put their faith in our lord, to give them all the glory.
I ask you to share in a moment of prayer with me. Creator, I thank you for the life that you have provided, the endless opportunities you have provided, all to give me the ability to support my neighbor in your name. May you continue to bless me this day to do your work through me into your world. Amen.