For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Hebrews 4:12 [NIV]
‘Come to me all you who are heavy and burdened and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart and you will find rest for your souls.’ [NIV]
The society that we live in seems to promote the ‘busy hectic life’ and the ‘if you are not doing, you should at least be striving to be doing’ - but what are the implications for a busy life? And where or how can we find rest?
‘No-one will be able to stand up against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.’ [NIV]
Imagine how Joshua must have felt taking over the job of Moses. He would have been frightened, wondering if he could live up to the ‘quality’ of Moses’ leadership, but also he may have felt alone in the huge responsibility of leading more than 2 million people into a strange new land and conquering it!
‘You will know that it was the Lord when He gives you meat to eat in the evening and all the bread you want in the morning.’ [NIV]
In Exodus, God provided all the food that the Israelites needed, they may have eaten the same food every day for forty years, but the fact is that God was in control and He provided in a miraculous way.
‘Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.’ [NIV]
When God created the world – He included water, when God formed man – He included water, when God sustains man – He includes water. Our essential need for water is no accident, God knew what He was doing on both a physical and a spiritual level.