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Wasted Time


Joshua 2: 1; 8-11, “Then Joshua son of Nun secretly sent two spies from Shittim. “Go, look over the land,” he said, “especially Jericho.” So they went and entered the house of a prostitute named Rahab and stayed there…


Before the spies lay down for the night, she went up on the roof and said to them, “I know that the Lord has given you this land and that a great fear of you has fallen on us, so that all who live in this country are melting in fear because of you. We have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea for you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to Sihon and Og, the two kings of the Amorites east of the Jordan, whom you completely destroyed. When we heard of it, our hearts melted in fear and everyone’s courage failed because of you, for the Lord your God is God in heaven above and on the earth below...”


For 40 years the Canaanites had been living in fear of the Israelites and the God who lead them through the parted Red Sea. The Canaanites were aware of the miracles God had performed and were more afraid of Him than those of which He surrounded. During these 40 years, the Canaanites were a defeated foe. They were afraid. Had Israel moved forward to overtake the land, the Israelites would have prevailed. Unfortunately for them, the Israelites retreated in fear causing a 40 year sentence of wandering around the desert. What a waste of time.


Joshua 2:23-24, “Then the two men started back. They went down out of the hills, forded the river and came to Joshua son of Nun and told him everything that had happened to them. They said to Joshua, “The Lord has surely given the whole land into our hands; all the people are melting in fear because of us.”


What opportunities has God given us that we’ve missed out on as a result of fear? How long have we been waiting or hesitating on something that God has already given to us? Five, ten, fifteen years? 


When confronted by challenges, we should not be afraid (Psalm 118:6). During times we lack confidence, we should trust God (2 Timothy 1:7). Even we our circumstances seem bleak, God is with us.


Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.”


Father God, I pray that fear is replaced by faith and we will be at peace. In challenging times, I pray that our thoughts are fixed on you. Let our minds be quieted and fear disappear. Let our faith be strengthened even in moments when it’s hard to believe. 


In Jesus Name


Amen

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All scripture is taken from the New International Version (NIV) of the Bible unless otherwise noted