“God With Us In All Things” ( Joshua 1:9, WYC ) by Carley Evans


God tells Joshua no one will be able to stand against him for God is with him in all things “to which [he] goes.” God commands him to be comforted by his knowledge of this truth, and so not to dread or fear anything he may face.

“Lo! I command to thee; be thou comforted, and be thou strong; do not thou dread, nor be thou afeared; for thy Lord God is with thee in all things, to which thou goest. (Lo! I command thee; be thou encouraged, and be thou strong; do not thou fear, nor be thou afraid; for the Lord thy God is with thee in all things, to which thou goest.)”

If you believe God is with you in all things, then fear is impossible. Only comfort makes sense.

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“All Treasures Of Science” ( Colossians 2: 2-3, WYC ) by Carley Evans


English: Joshua commanding the sun to stand still

“be taught in charity, into all the riches of the plenty of understanding [that the hearts of them be comforted, taught in charity, and into all riches of plenty of understanding], into the knowing of [the] mystery of God, the Father of Jesus Christ, 3 in whom all the treasures of wisdom and of science be hid.”

Speaking of “treasures of science,” here’s one for you!

 “12 Then Joshua spake to the Lord, in the day in which he betook Amorites in the sight of the sons of Israel; and Joshua said before the people, Sun, be thou not moved against Gibeon, and the moon, against the valley of Ajalon. (And Joshua spoke to the Lord, on the day in which he delivered the Amorites into the hands of the Israelites; and Joshua said before the people, Sun, stand thou still over Gibeon, and Moon, stand thou still over the Ajalon Valley.)

13 And the sun and the moon stood, unto the time the folk of God had venged themselves of their enemies. Whether this is not written in the book of just men? And so the sun stood in the midst of heaven, and it hasted not to go down in the space of a day; (And so the sun and the moon stood still, until the time that the people of God had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is this not written in the Book of Jashar? And so the sun stood still in the midst of the heavens, and it hastened not to go down in the space of a day;)

14 so long a day was not before and afterward (there was never so long a day, before or afterward); for the Lord obeyed to the voice of a man, and he fought for Israel.” (Joshua 10: 12-14, WYC)

The earth orbits the sun; the moon orbits the earth. If the sun and the moon both “stood still,” that actually means the moon stopped moving around the earth and the earth stopped moving around the sun. To make two objects in space remain fixed in place at the same time is quite an undertaking — it seems to me, to keep from ripping apart both the earth and the moon, to prevent the other planets from spinning out of control, to keep the Milky Way galaxy intact, the entire universe needed to be brought to a halt.

God stopped all movement in the universe for the length of a day so as to obtain twenty-four hours of sunlight for Israel to defeat the Amorites.

“If It Is Evil” ( Joshua 24: 15, ESV ) by Carley Evans


“And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the LORD, choose this day whom you will serve.”

The well-known part of this statement of Joshua is “But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Of course, that is well and good; but think about the first part of his statement. Joshua says to the people of Israel,

“Long ago your ancestors, including Terah, the father of Abraham and Nahor, lived beyond the Euphrates River and worshiped other gods.” (Joshua 24:2, HCSB)

Joshua reminds them that essentially the Lord chose them and brought the people out from the region beyond the Euphrates River when he took their father, Abraham. The Lord says,

“I gave you a land you did not labor for, and cities you did not build, though you live in them; you are eating from vineyards and olive groves you did not plant.” (Joshua 24:13, HCSB)

Joshua concludes,

“Therefore (because of this truth), fear the Lord and worship Him in sincerity and truth. Get rid of the gods your fathers worshiped beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt, and worship Yahweh.” (Joshua 24:14)

Don’t only do what your mother and father do, worshiping a god — or the Lord GOD — who grand-dad and grand-ma worship. Don’t only do what everyone else is doing. Make a decision for yourself. Mom and Dad’s salvation is not yours.

If it seems evil in your own mind to worship the Lord God, then don’t. But if you decide this, then actively choose the god you are going to follow. Don’t stumble along in life; make a choice. Don’t just do what others have done before you, mindlessly going through the motions of worship. Whatever your decision, make it your own.

Then Joshua tells the people his own choice.

“But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

“Come To The Light” (Joshua 24: 15, ESV) by Carley Evans


Joshua tells the people to “fear the Lord and serve Him in sincerity and in faithfulness.” (Joshua 24: 14) Then he suggests that it might be “evil in [their] eyes to serve the Lord.” He tells them to “choose this day whom [they] will serve, whether the gods [their] fathers served…or the gods…in whose land [they] dwell.” Joshua tells them, “But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.’

Jesus warns us to consider a task carefully before we undertake it, to make certain we have the wherewithal to complete it, to see it through to the end. “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.” (Luke 9: 62)

Joshua warns the people as well, reminding them that the Lord “is a holy God. He is a jealous God; He will not forgive [their] transgressions or [their] sins.” Joshua says to them, “If you forsake the Lord and serve foreign gods, then He will turn and do you harm and consume you, after He has done you good.” (Joshua 24: 19, 20)

The people swear, “The Lord our God we will serve, and His voice we will obey.” (Joshua 24: 24)

A stone became the witness “against [them], for it heard all the words of the Lord that He spoke to [them]. Therefore it became a witness against [them], lest [they] deal falsely with [their] God. So Joshua sent the people away, each man to his inheritance.” (Joshua 24: 27, 28)

We serve a holy God, a jealous God. He gives none of His glory to another, nor should He. Joshua reminds us to serve God in sincerity and faithfulness. To be sincere is to be candid, direct, earnest, frank, genuine, guileless, heartfelt, honest, open, real, serious, simple, and wholehearted. To be faithful is to be constant, dependable, devoted, dutiful, honest, loyal, reliable, steadfast and trustworthy.

“For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him. Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the Name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment: the Light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the Light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the Light and does not come to the Light, lest his works be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the Light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.” (John 3: 17 – 21)