Afterward, Joshua read all the words of the law–the blessings and the curses–just as it is written in the Book of the Law. Joshua 8:34
Most everything comes with a set of instructions in how to use the product correctly. Some of these sets of instructions are very detailed, long and boring to read and understand.
The majority of people ignore reading all the instructions, thinking they know what to do. They just pick and choose which parts they will read and ignore the rest. In doing so, sometimes important information is missed, and problems occur.
After winning a battle, Joshua read the book of the law of Moses to everyone in the assembly of Israel, to include women, children and foreigners.
Very few people actually read the Bible on a regular basis. Fewer people yet will read the whole Bible. Most people will pick and choose what verses or portions of the Bible that they will read, ignoring the rest.
Focus is often on reading about the blessings God will give the believer. No one likes to read or hear about the curses God has for people who choose to refuse to obey His commands.
In the process of ignoring parts of God’s word, people will allow sin to creep into their lives and think of it as acceptable. They hold onto and claim God’s love and grace, but ignore His judgement against sin.
Knowing and understanding all of the blessings and curses of God will guide the believer in the correct way to live for God. By His Holy Spirit, God can bring to memory the verses, that had been read, needed to help the believer overcome the temptation to sin against Him and to live the holy life as Jesus lived.
Unless you have the entire Bible memorized, you need to read the entire Bible. From the beginning to the end God’s word gives directions on how to live for God and what will occur if you choose not to obey and live for God.
Take time every day to read the Bible. Read all of the Bible, not skipping anything. Allow the Holy Spirit to guide you in understanding all of the curses and blessings of disobeying and obeying God.
Then share what you learn from God’s word with others around you. Everyone needs to hear all of God’s word, both the blessings and the curses.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will read God’s word daily; that you will know and understand all of the blessings and curses God has given; and that you will obey all of God’s word.
giving orders to the people: “When you see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, and the Levitical priests carrying it, you are to move out from your positions and follow it.” Joshua 3:3
Very few people will blaze a new trail into a completely unknown territory. When traveling to a new place, most people will follow someone else’s path or directions.
Depending upon whose directions one is following, will depend upon how well the travel will go and whether one will actually get to the desired destination or not. There are many who will lead a person incorrectly down the wrong path.
Joshua had the people told that when they see the ark of the covenant and the priests carrying it set out, they are to follow it across the river.
There are many different types of map programs that a person can use to be given directions on how to get from one location to another. Some are very detailed and reliable, while others are less detailed and not as reliable.
Every person is on a journey throughout their life. Each person has to choose how he will be led through this journey. The world tries to say that there are many different ways to get to heaven, however God says that there is only one way.
In His infinite wisdom, God has given believers His word in the Bible to guide them on their journey just as the Israelites had the ark of the covenant to lead them. The Bible gives all the needed details as to how to live for God and complete the journey.
As believers are traveling along that path, they are also to worship God, as the Israelites did with being led by the Levites. Worship gives God praise for what He is doing.
Being led by God’s word and worship will open doors for God to open the pathway through the river of life.
In your journey through this life, you will be following a path of some sort that someone has blazed. Do not allow yourself to be caught up in following the path of the world but follow the path God has for you.
Search through His word how you are to live your life. Then as you are traveling give God praise and worship Him for what He has done and is doing. Allow His word and worship to lead you through the river.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will allow God’s word to guide your every action and move; that you will worship God with every step and breath you take; and that you will see the path God has for you to take.