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The Sum of All Fears

February 14

 "... Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: ..."  Joshua 1:9








"... there is a thin Jordon separating the familiar from the fearful."









Fear and dismay in the face of man, is the death nil of all spiritual vigor.  "If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small."  This second trip to the banks of the Promised Land must have been a little disconcerting for Joshua.  After all, he comprised a full 50% of the survivors of his generation from the fiasco here at Kadesh forty years prior.  Added to that was the death of Moses, his mentor, his untested leadership, the fickle loyalty of his followers, a river at flood stage, and the ominous city of Jericho on the horizon.  The memory of failure and the ten traitor spies, albeit distant, must surely have taunted him as well.  The sum of all fears is a SAVIOR-less situation; yet for many who know this, there is a thin Jordon separating the familiar from the fearful.  For the most part, we Christians are not ignorant of GOD'S commands, just apprehensive.  We know that the apex of HIS will lies across the river, but the water is swift, deep, formidable ... and if honest, frightening.  This man of GOD however, met with the GOD of men, and came away with the "victuals" needful for obedience.  "... Prepare you victuals; for within three days ye shall pass over this Jordan ..."  Joshua in turn fed the people with the same pottage of courage, in preparation to do what GOD had commanded.

"This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success."  Many a child of GOD find themselves on the wrong side of the river in a self imposed famine of Heaven's "victuals""... Children, have ye any meat? They answered HIM, No."  How pitiful, the vain attempts of GOD'S people to obey GOD apart from the nutrients of new life found nowhere, save HIS Word. 

"When ye are come to the brink of the water of Jordan, ye shall stand still in Jordan."  Oh, the blessedness of impossibility!  Step into the water of obedience, and watch as all of Heaven and Earth move at HIS command to accomplish HIS will.  And never forget that at the flood stage of trial, HE commands all the dams and locks upstream. 

"... for the LORD thy GOD is with thee whithersoever thou goest."

For Love of Country
Jedediah Morse (1761-1826)
(Educator; Author; Founder of the New England Tract Society)
"... as the genuine effects of Christianity are diminished in any nation, either through unbelief, or the corruption of its doctrines, or the neglect of its institutions; in the same proportion will the people of that nation recede from the blessings of genuine freedom, and approximate the miseries of complete despotism."

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