Day Twenty-One – Madon – Dry place of contention
“…the king of Madon, one.” Joshua 12:19 NKJV
The sur name of the king of Madon, is Jobab which means dry. Madon is one of the four kings of opposition gathered to battle against Joshua. These kings coming in from all four directions, desired to stop Joshua and his destiny.
Lord, I don’t want to go into a new day fighting a dry place of contention. Did Joshua face contention or opposition, and struggle in his day too?
“So Joshua rose early in the morning,” and brought Israel by families, “man by man.” Joshua 7:17 & 18 NKJV
On man, Achan was found with spoils from Jericho, “hidden in the midst of his tent.” When asked why he had done this, Achan answered Joshua, “Indeed I have sinned against the LORD God…” verse 20
Through no fault of his own, Joshua was faced with contention and opposition. A hidden enemy who desired to interrupt God’s good plans for Joshua’s future and life.
“Sin crouches at your door. And its desire is to rule over you.” Genesis 4:7
Lord, how do I gain victory over the hidden enemies who desire to capture my destiny and life?
Achan set his heart and mind on things of the flesh, the things he could see and touch. He brought strife and contention because he choose not to trust in God’s provisions and care. Joshua, faced with the strife, would have to choose for himself who he would trust before continuing his journey. Man’s own provision he could see, or God’s provision that leads.
“For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.
For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.” Romans 8:5-6 NKJV
Lord, at the place of Madon, contention and opposition, how can I be empowered over something I can’t see? Softly, I heard a question asked of me. “What did the Apostle Paul caution his beloved Timothy to do?
“Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to your care. Turn away from godless chatter and opposing ideas of what is falsely called knowledge, which some have professed and in doing so, have wandered from the truth. Grace be with you.” 1 Timothy 6:20 NIV
Joshua and the people threw stones at Achan and his family of opposition, at the Valley of Achor, (trouble). Joshua guarded what had been entrusted to him and turned away from opposition and strife by removing it from their lives and camp. In trusting God’s words, Joshua was empowered to move into his future, “Do not be afraid, nor be dismayed; take all the people of war with you, and arise, go up…” Joshua 8:1
Thank You Father, for You alone guard my life.
Your word gives us victory against the endless strife.
Keep Your hand upon us,
In the valley of troubles that surely come,
For in You we choose our victory
Through the finished work of Your precious Son.
May you be blessed as we travel through the Valley of Achor knowing all of God’s good plans are set before us, arise, and go up! In Jesus Name, Amen!
From The Joshua Journals of denisebalog©2020
Poem by denisebalog©2020
Photo by denisebalog©2018
Photo capturing the magnificent view of the Dead Sea from stone fortress of Masada. Masada more than 1,300 feet in height is the place where Jewish zealots made their last stand against Rome. Choosing death, 960 men, women and children ended their lives by their own hands rather than fall into the hands of the Roman Empire. 70 to 73 AD