JOSHUA‬ ‭23‬:‭6‬-‭13‬ ‭‬‬

““So be very careful to follow everything Moses wrote in the Book of Instruction. Do not deviate from it, turning either to the right or to the left. Make sure you do not associate with the other people still remaining in the land. Do not even mention the names of their gods, much less swear by them or serve them or worship them. Rather, cling tightly to the Lord your God as you have done until now. “For the Lord has driven out great and powerful nations for you, and no one has yet been able to defeat you. Each one of you will put to flight a thousand of the enemy, for the Lord your God fights for you, just as he has promised. So be very careful to love the Lord your God. “But if you turn away from him and cling to the customs of the survivors of these nations remaining among you, and if you intermarry with them, then know for certain that the Lord your God will no longer drive them out of your land. Instead, they will be a snare and a trap to you, a whip for your backs and thorny brambles in your eyes, and you will vanish from this good land the Lord your God has given you.”

Joshua‬ ‭23‬:‭6‬-‭13‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Our victories are finite accomplishments. Many of them rarely occupy more than the moment they were completed in throughout space and time. As monumentous as they can be, it only takes a few generations to forget even the great ones. In this vain, they are unimportant compared to the reasons behind them. A battle is rarely as important as the reason the battle was fought. As the saying goes, “those who forget history are doomed to repay it.” This is especially true with our god. His truths are infinite and therefore his battles have an eternal nature to them. Joshua warns the people to remember why they fought, as they now enter rest. Beyond this, he charges them to orient their hearts toward devotion. This simple premise, to love God wholeheartedly, is the work that creates lasting peace and harmony with him, beyond our generations. It is an important and wise peace of advice for nay people entering a time of hard fought rest. We should heed it well, for the sake of our children.

Published by Josh McGary

MY NAME IS JOSH MCGARY. First, I am a Pastor of a small church in Portland, Oregon named Aletheia Bible Fellowship. We call it ABF. I have been a pastor there for the better part of 20 years. I am very eclectic. What I love, I love loudly and immersively. I have notable collections of toys, funko pops, and vinyl. I also infamously love pop culture, comic books, technology, the arts, psychology and philosophy.

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