“These are the kings of the land whom the children of Israel defeated, and whose land they possessed on the other side of the Jordan toward the rising of the sun, from the River Arnon to Mount Hermon, and all the eastern Jordan plain:”
This chapter recounts the kingdoms that Joshua and the children of Israel overthrew. In a few cases, there are some minor details recorded, but in most, a simple list of victories is given. All in all, thirty-one kings were conquered by Joshua and the armies of Israel. Each one of these victories represents a great obstacle for Joshua, as well as a giant leap of faith, and his finding God to be forever faithful.
I wonder what we might discover if we took time to recall the victories we have seen in our walk with God. All of us should be able to recount the amazing grace God extended to us that resulted in our salvation. Then, we should be able to walk through times of God giving us victory over certain personal struggles, like unforgiveness, lust, anger, a foul mouth or some level of prodigal living. Finally, we should be able to recall times when we took great steps of faith and began to serve the Lord by reaching out to minister to others. We should be able to list people whose lives have been impacted by the way we chose to live out loud for the kingdom of God.
While there is great benefit to looking back we should do so only to propel us forward. Whatever stories you have of God’s faithfulness in your yesterday’s, be sure to add to those stories by how you live for Him today.