Ok. Joshua is full of images and stories that really don't make much sense to us today, full of war and battle, full of God commanding people to be killed. Its tough for us reconcile that with Jesus, lover of all, friend of all, savior of all. What then are we to day with passages like this? How do we handles scenes of death and destruction like this?
The only thing I've ever heard which makes sense to me is that God wants us to obey Him fully. When He tells us to do something we are to do it to the best of our ability, and to do it completely. He commanded the people to take the land, and He wants them to completely take the land.
Now today, our command is to love. That's what Jesus commanded us to do before He crucified. Love. Forgive. Serve. Help. Perhaps what a story like this in Joshua can mean for us is that God wants us to completely love and serve and forgive. Not to half way do it, but completely. Completely follow Him.
New Testament Lesson
Paul reminds us of a lesson he learned in own life. Our strength for life comes not from ourselves, but from God. He is our strength. He is our rock. He is our foundation. He is the one we trust in, He is the one we serve. He gives us what we need for life and love and peace. He is the one. Today, in your life, and in all you, trust in Him. And He will give you the strength you need for this hour.
John Wesley said - Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as you can. We are put here to love God and love our neighbor and to do as much good for each other as we can.
ANYTIME you do something good for ANYONE, that is a good thing. No matter who, when what, where or how. Anytime we are able to good for another we are doing what God has commanded us to do. Today, do all the good you can.