Marks of a Warrior Leader

Day 105

Joshua 11:1‐12:24; Luke 17:11‐37; Psalm 84:1‐12; Proverbs 13:5‐6

Marks of a Warrior Leader

Joshua’s trust in God’s sovereign power does not waver throughout his long life. Of those rescued from slavery in Egypt by God’s mighty power, he and Caleb alone enter the Promised Land. As young men, they had gone with other tribal representatives to spy out the land (Numbers 13), but they alone trusted the Lord in the face of seemingly overwhelming odds—“The LORD is with us; do not fear them” (Numbers 14:9). And as Joshua prepares to attack the very peoples who so terrified the other spies, he continues to trust God’s promise: “Do not be afraid of them, for tomorrow at this time I will give over all of them, slain, to Israel.”

For about fifty years, Joshua is Moses’ aide. He never seeks to usurp Moses’ authority. Indeed even when the mantle of leadership falls on him after Moses’ death, he continues to carry out Moses instructions. “Joshua took the whole land, according to all that the LORD had spoken to Moses. And Joshua gave it for an inheritance to Israel according to their tribal allotments” (Joshua 11:23). He does not boast of his military prowess. He does not take for his own possession the lands that have been conquered.

Joshua lives a life of gracious humility, surrendered to his God, trusting Him in all situations. And the reward? “And the land had rest from war.” A true model for us of warrior leadership.

The Rev’d Sarah Bronos
Church of the Good Shepherd
Maitland, FL

Is Wealth a Sin?

Day 104

Joshua 9:3‐10:43; Luke 16:19‐17:10; Psalm 83:1‐18; Proverbs 13:4

Is Wealth a Sin?

When we read the parable of the “Rich man and Lazarus” we immediately conclude that being rich must be a sin. The one outstanding feature of the man was that he was RICH. Is that a sin?

God himself blessed Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph with wealth. David (a man after God’s own heart) was also very rich. Many Jews believed that the fact that they had accumulated wealth proved that they were under the blessing of God. They thought that those who were poor were under the curse of God.

Jesus had a lot to say about the rich and the poor. He said that He had been anointed with the Spirit of the Lord so that He might “bring good news to the poor” (Luke 4:18). Jesus also said, “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God” (Luke 6:20), but “Woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation” (Luke 6:24). So, is it a sin to be rich?

The Apostle Paul warned, “The love of money is a root of all kinds of evil” (1 Timothy 6:10). However there is no scriptural evidence that money itself is evil. The rich man was not punished for his wealth; his was the sin of omission (neglect). In spite of his wealth the rich man chose to ignore Lazarus lying at the gate of his house whenever he came and went. Jesus said, “Depart from Me accursed one, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry, and you gave Me nothing to eat; I was thirsty and you gave Me nothing to drink; I was a stranger and you did not invite Me in; I was naked, and you did not clothe Me; sick, and in prison, and you did not visit Me” (Matthew 25:41-43).

How many will be lost, not for what they did, but for what they failed to do?

John Motis, Deacon
Good Shepherd Church
Lake Wales, FL

The Lord Has Spoken!

Day 103

Joshua 7:16‐9:2; Luke 16:1‐18; Psalm 82:1‐8; Proverbs 13:2‐3

The Lord Has Spoken!

Psalm 82 has the full drama of the cinema. God takes His seat among the gods of the world, and He prosecutes them for their conspiracy against the ordinary people—and the gallery erupts in cheers, encouraging God on in His victory. I write this from the New Wineskins Missions Conference where 1,000 Anglicans from around the world are gathering to hear and engage with God in His purposes for the world. Woven throughout is this theme that the Lord has spoken. God is fighting for the hurting and broken, the lonely and the trapped, the children from broken homes, and the seniors with the scars of life, in America, Africa, Asia, and to the ends of the earth.

God through the psalmist draws our attention to the “weak and the fatherless…the afflicted and the destitute.” Our joy today is the privilege of being in the gallery, of hearing God’s voice, and joining with the angels and saints above, who are all cheering on, “Arise, O God, judge the earth!” There is an enthusiasm here, and a deep reverent wonder, as we hear about the power of the Gospel among the broken in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, the lost in Dwarka, India, and the disadvantaged Miao of China. We are hearing of church planting in Nigeria, and miracles in Yemen, and hope in Japan. Let the gallery stand up and say, “Arise, O God! Arise!” Where is there a need in your community? How is God using you there? Sing, “Arise, O God!”

The Rev. Loren Fox
Church of Our Savior
Palm Bay, FL