Day Twenty-eight – Jokneam in Carmel – Possessed by the people
“…the king of Jokneam in Carmel, one.” Joshua 12:22 NKJV
Jokneam – possessed by the people and the people lament.
“Then Joshua tore his clothes and fell to the earth on his face before the ark of the LORD … and they put dust on their heads.
And Joshua said, “Alas, Lord God, why…?”
Jokneam the enemy of the heart. The enemy of doubt when situations do not go as I planned causing me to lament before God asking the question of “Why?”
Knowing he and his people were facing defeat, Joshua boldly asked the LORD, “Then what will You do for Your great name?”
I believe the Lord knew Joshua would struggle daily with his emotions, and the concerns he had for his people. Here in the place of Jokneam, Joshua feeling defeated, lamented asking the questioning of “Why?
In God’s tender mercy, Scripture is very generous to share with us an encouraging word to consider a new view at the place of Jokneam and lament not only for Joshua but for us.
Jokneam name means lament, but by adding “Carmel” the name of the location of where Jokneam is position is significant. Jokneam in Carmel – Carmel means fruitful, a plentiful place, a field.
Encouraging me to see, when I am in the places and seasons of lament and don’t understand “why”, God’s promises are still true, and He is faithful. He doesn’t leave me in the place or possession of the place of lament. In His Grace I am in Carmel.
In the plentiful land, the field of rest prepared for me … He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters…He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Psalm 23:1-3 NKJV
Answering Joshua’s question of “Why?”. “For His name’s sake.” Psalm 23:3 NKJV
“He restores my soul…for His name’s sake.” Psalm 23 NKJV
“Now the LORD said to Joshua, ‘Do not be afraid, nor be dismayed…arise, go up…see, I have given into your hand the king…his people, his city, and his land.” Joshua 8:1
“So Joshua arose…” Joshua 8:3 NKJV
Thank you for sharing your time with me as we journey the last few days of the Joshua Journals. May your soul be refreshed in God’s promises and faithfulness today and forevermore.
From The Joshua Journals of denisebalog©2020
Photo capturing the beautiful view standing on top of Mount Carmel, Israel.