Today’s reflection comes from Rob Elliott. Rob is a long time friend of camp, a former staff, and a member of our board.
Today’s reading: Joshua 24
I sent the hornet ahead of you, which drove them out before you—also the two Amorite kings. You did not do it with your own sword and bow.
An Opportunity for Devotion
Through this whole time of lockdown, one thing that changed for the better is the amount of time I get to read the Bible.
Daily habits are so important and, since my days at camp (Late 1980’s as staff), I have carved out time each day for a devotional, but through my current situation, I am able to read chapters at a time.
The old testament fascinates me, epic battles, people walk with God for a time and then turn their backs on Him and worship idols. God turns His back on the people and things fall apart.
God is in the details
A new perspective I have found is how much God is involved in the details. We know the Israelites as they walked in the wilderness for 40 years their clothes and sandals didn’t wear out. God fed them every day as they followed a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. Those details of care blow me away! Yet they turned their backs on God, made and worshipped a Golden Calf!
As the Israelites crossed over the Jordan into the Promised land, God was still in the details. The book of Joshua reads like the Lord of the Rings: epic battles! God was again in the details but, again so many times His people turned their backs or were afraid and forgot God was both with them and promised that this land they were fighting for, it was to be given to them.
Again, God was in the details, check out these two passages :
In Joshua 24:12 God goes before them in battle and wins the fight, He does it with Hornets.
And in Joshua 10:11 another battle is before the armies of the Lord God, they don’t need to draw a sword, God pounds the enemy with Hailstones. Epic!
There is fear and concern in our current situation but I want to encourage you that God is still in the details.
That has not changed over the hundreds of years since the battles of the Old Testament and since Christ walked this earth. There are two verses in the New Testament that I want to encourage you with as you ride out these remaining days of Covid 19. My hope is that they will be a reminder that God wants to be in the details of your lives right now.
For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7
I look forward to the day when I can witness you and your teams loving and caring for the campers Mini-Yo-We has been entrusted.
We love the opportunities throughout the summer to either flip burgers on Sunday or worship with the staff at Boy’s Camp or Campfire point.
Brighter days ahead!
Lurch (Rob Elliott) or these days known as Haka’s DAD!
A Digital Refresh is a regular series for the staff at Mini-Yo-We.
When we gather together for worship and learn from God’s word we call it “Refresh.” Even though we aren’t at camp we can still gather together to share God’s word through a Digital Refresh.
For more resources check out our summer staff resource page.