Our Hearts, His Shiloh.
Day: 18 | Plan: Joshua-Judges
Today's Reading: Joshua 18
Joshua 18:1 (NIV) “The whole assembly of the Israelites gathered at Shiloh and set up the tent of meeting there. The country was brought under their control,”
How do you handle spiritual success? What do you do after you gain new ground in an area of struggle? I wish I had a glowing testimony of how I handle success, but I don’t. When I think back on some of the hardest fought battles of my spiritual life, I often kind of coast. I let up. I catch my breath, and sadly, begin to lose the ground it seems I just gained. I have often wondered how I could maintain my position, hold my ground and continue to grow when I feel tired and worn out from the last battle.
Is it possible that the answer to my everyday struggle is tucked here in Joshua 18?
As we’ve seen throughout Joshua, Israel fights, but it is the Lord who gives them victory. It would be impossible to read their story and not acknowledge God’s ever-present help in time of trouble. (Psalm 46:1)
God is there, leading the people of Israel’s battle strategies. God is there, protecting them in the face of certain defeat. God is there, destroying seemingly insurmountable walls. But Israel carries out the battle strategy. Israel fights despite their fears of defeat. Israel marches around the walls of their enemies.
At each step, God was there. And now, as our key verse says, “the country was brought under their control.” Israel has possession of the land.
And now to celebrate, Israel establishes their home for the Lord their God. In Joshua 18, we read the first mention of the “tent of meeting.” This was the portable holy place where God would tabernacle, or dwell, with His people. Inside the tent of meeting were holy items and the sacred ark of the covenant, where God’s presence hovered. Having successfully taken the land and receiving God’s covenant promise, it was time to make God a permanent home in Shiloh. God had done His part; Israel had done theirs.
And here is the lesson, I think, for my struggle. If I want to keep living in victory and maintain the ground I’ve won, I have to remember, I didn’t win it. God was there. At every hard battle, God was there. In every hard conversation, God was there. Fighting what seemed like unbeatable giants, God was there. And because He was there, the first thing we do when we gain control of a new land in our lives is worship the One who secured the victory for us. If we rest, we rest in Him.
And we make our heart His Shiloh.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, make my heart Your Shiloh. Bring Your presence into every situation of my life. Give me the wisdom of Your ways. Empower me to do just what You’ve asked of me, to move forward in faith and trust that You will do what I am incapable of doing alone. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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