Advent: December 13: The Warrior Leader

Joshua 3 & 6

The desert is a place where there is low moisture throughout most parts of the year. They can have extremes of temperatures between night and day, have high wind velocities, sparse cloud cover, and loose, sandy soil that lacks organic carbon and nitrogen. That being said, you can imagine the ability to have a thriving gardening and farming community would be difficult.

Imagine being in this environment for 40 years, and always wanting for more. More food, more water, more wealth, more rest, and more of what God had promised. They wandered and wondered what God was doing for that long only to come face to face with yet another barrier separating them from their Promised Land.

But, He bought them to the desert and through the desert so that they could finally face that their deepest need was not food, not water, and not rest, but it was God Himself. They were brought to this place to trust Him… and that is exactly what Joshua did.

He trusted God to bring them once again through this barrier in the magnificent and wonderous way that only God can do.

One of my favorite songs is the Desert Song by Hillsong Worship because it uses this imagery of the desert, the wandering, the battles, and the trust needed to follow God.

This is my prayer in the desert
When all that’s within me feels dry
This is my prayer in my hunger and need
My God is the God who provides

And this is my prayer in the fire
In weakness or trial or pain
There is a faith proved of more worth than gold
So refine me, Lord, through the flame

I will bring praise, I will bring praise
No weapon formed against me shall remain
I will rejoice, I will declare
God is my victory and he is here

This is my prayer in the battle
When triumph is still on its way
I am a conqueror and coheir with Christ
So firm on his promise, I’ll stand

I will bring praise, I will bring praise
No weapon formed against me shall remain
I will rejoice, I will declare
God is my victory and he is here

All of my life, in every season
You are still God
I have a reason to sing
I have a reason to worship, oh, yeah

All of my life, in every season
You are still God
I have a reason to sing
I have a reason to worship

All of my life, in every season
You are still God
I have a reason to sing
I have a reason to worship all my life

All of my life, in every season
You are still God
I have a reason to sing
I have a reason to worship

I will bring praise, I will bring praise
No weapon formed against me shall remain
I will rejoice, I will declare
God is my victory and he is here
You are, you are here my Lord

And this is my prayer in the harvest
When favor and providence flow
I know I’m filled to be emptied again
The seed I’ve received I will sow

SEE GOD AROUND YOU

Although you may not live in the desert, in this season, you may live in a place that looks barren. All the leaves have fallen, the flowers have faded, and things seem lifeless. Look around. Do you feel like God uses this season for a reason? What purpose does winter hold in the grand scheme? Do you feel He will bring life again and life more abundantly in the Spring?

APPLICATION

Think about how God uses everything for His glory and His will in His season. So far in our stories, God has proven Himself faithful and steadfast in every situation. It may not always be in our own timing, and we may have to go through hard seasons to get through Jericho and to the Promised Land. But, He is there, and He claims victory over it all.

Listen to the Desert Song here: https://youtu.be/HUISd7LSxAQ

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