March 27, 2017

Read Joshua 6:4-9; 11-13

Often times in Scripture, there was a sound that preceded a mighty act of God: rushing wind at Pentecost, a shout at Jericho, thunder before Moses went up the mountain to receive the 10 commandments. My daughter-in-law’s 8 month old nephew Quinn was recently diagnosed with stage 3 liver cancer. After 2 months of chemotherapy, a liver transplant is his only hope. God has restored his lost hearing (a side effect of chemotherapy), and now we are praying he can clearly hear our shouts of joy when we exclaim, “We have a liver donor!" before God's mighty act of cancer deliverance.

God promised Joshua in Joshua 6:2 that He had given Jericho over to the Israelites; however, it would be a very different war strategy to win the fight and gain the promise. The same holds true with Quinn. God has not specifically promised his parents deliverance from cancer here on earth, but He has promised His presence, His guidance through the journey, and His peace in the most horrific of circumstances. He has also given them a "fight strategy" to pray from Ephesians 6:10. "Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might!" Just as the Israelites pursued God's promises, this sweet family is doing the same, trusting that God is good, and waiting in hope for the shout of victory. "This cancer is gone!"

What are you waiting for God to do in your life? Deliverance from something? Healing a relationship? A job? Brother or sister, don’t lose hope. Listen to God’s voice in Scripture. Stay on your face before the Lord. And remember what He told Joshua in chapter 5. "I am commander of the Lord's army and I have come."