When to Pray Boldly

Harry Buis

Read: Psalm 83:1-5, 13-18 O God, do not keep silence . . . (v. 1) We often think of godly persons in Bible times as very reverent. Yet they also prayed with great boldness. In the first verses of this psalm, the author is saying essentially, “God, your enemies are busy, you had better get busy too.” The psalmist also identified himself with God (vv. 4-5). I am reminded of how the risen Jesus confronted a certain Pharisee on the …

Choose

Harry Buis

READ : Joshua 24:14–28 Now therefore fear the Lord and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness. (v. 14) Preaching the word of God is serious business. There is something especially solemn about one’s last sermon to a congregation. Joshua began his last sermon where all sermons should begin, “Thus says the Lord” (v. 2). God through Joshua recounts his dealings with their ancestors and with them. They were gracious dealings by which God blessed them. Then Joshua comes to …

Your Inheritance

Harry Buis

READ : Joshua 13:32–14:12 But to the tribe of Levi Moses gave no inheritance; the Lord God of Israel is their inheritance, just as he said to them. (v. 33) Some people inherit a large sum of money. This may be good for them or bad, depending on how well they have disciplined themselves in the past. The Bible tells us about a more important inheritance than money. While the other tribes inherited land that was valuable, the specially privileged …

Power to Win

Harry Buis

READ : Joshua 10:6–15 The sun stopped in the midst of heaven and did not hurry to set for about a whole day. (v. 13) The power of God makes the powers of man seem insignificant. A storm on the sun emits enough power, if it could be harnessed, to provide for all of the commercial needs of even modern society for hundreds of years. Little wonder, therefore, that in the Bible God says to his people so frequently, “Do …

Reaping the Whirlwind

Harry Buis

READ : Joshua 7:1–21 Israel has sinned; they have transgressed my covenant that I commanded them. (v. 11) The Bible analyzes the process that leads to sin so that we may avoid it. Achan says, “I saw . . . I coveted them . . . and took them” (v. 21). We must avoid the occasion for temptation. We must avoid dwelling on the possibility of yielding. We must avoid the sinful act. For if we sin, people will get …

Responsible to God

Harry Buis

READ : Joshua 6:1–18 You shall march around the city, all the men of war going around the city once. Thus shall you do for six days. (v. 3) We often have difficulty understanding how God’s sovereignty and our human responsibility fit together, but the Bible never seems to have that trouble. God is in sovereign control. As far as he is concerned, Jericho is already conquered. “See, I have given Jericho into your hand” (v. 2). But in the …