All the Lord

I took…I gave…I gave…I sent…I plagued…I did…I brought…I brought…I have done…I brought…I gave…I destroyed…I would not hearken…I delivered…I delivered…I sent…I have given…
Now therefore fear the Lord, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the Lord.

Joshua 2-13, 14

Obviously I skipped around quite a bit there in verses 2 through 13, but it was to bring something out.  The Lord tells His people to serve Him and fear Him in verse 14, and spends the previous verses reminding them why they should be serving and fearing Him.  Seventeen times in those verses, the Lords uses “I”, as in “I gave…” and I brought…” and “I delivered”.  I think He chose those words to remind the Israelites that it was He who delivered them from Egypt and gave them a land flowing with milk and honey.  It was not something that they did in their own power.  It was all the Lord.

We can apply this passage to our lives in that anything good that we may have or that we may be is because of the Lord and only because of the Lord.  He saved us.  He keeps us.  He delivers us from temptation.  He blesses us.  There is nothing good that we have done in our own strength.  It has been all Him and only Him.  And for that reason, we should fear Him and serve Him.  And we should put away anything that is coming between us and Him.  It didn’t take the Israelites too long to forget all of these things the Lord had done for them.  Let us be careful to remember from whence we came and who it was that brought us.  Let us remember to fear and serve the Lord!

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