“Joshua said to all the people, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘Long ago your ancestors, including Terah the father of Abraham and Nahor, lived beyond the Euphrates River and worshiped other gods. But I took your father Abraham from the land beyond the Euphrates and led him throughout Canaan and gave him many descendants. I gave him Isaac…” (Joshua 24:1–3, NIV)
This morning my devotional reading pointed me to Joshua 24, in which Joshua gathered all the people of Israel, most of whom were children when Moses led them and their parents out of Egypt through the Exodus. They had seen the plagues and miracles God worked with their own eyes. Joshua reminded them where their nation began and how it is that they ended up enslaved in Egypt. And then, even though they were eyewitnesses of most of this, Joshua recounted what God had done to bring them into the land of Canaan. God had promised to give this land to Abraham’s descendants, and now they were here, ready to settle it.
He reminded them how God miraculously brought them out of Egypt, gave them military victories over armies stronger than theirs, protected them from spiritual attacks and curses, sent hornets ahead of them to drive their enemies out, and gave them a land on which they did not toil, cities they did not build, and vineyards and olive groves they did not plant.
As I was reading what God had done for them, I started thinking of what God has done for me. I took a walk down memory lane in my own life and thanked God for many things I haven’t thought about in years. Here’s my challenge to you this week: Choose a morning to sit outside with a cup of coffee and the Lord, and starting from your earliest childhood walk through your memories, thanking God for all He’s done for you. Remember things forgotten (maybe even sketch out an outline of God’s work in your life), and remember how much He loves you.