Day 11 – The Joshua Journals

Strong and Courageous – 31 Days of Victory Through Joshua’s Battles

Day Eleven – Hormah – A Devoting – a place laid to waste

“…the king of Hormah one.” Joshua 12:14 NKJV

Hormah – a devoting place laid to waste.

“But they presumed to go up to the mountaintop.” Numbers 14:44 NKJV

When the people heard the LORD was angry for their rejecting Joshua and Caleb’s words of the good land set before them, they determined to “go up” on their own. Moses warned them not to go because God was not among them or their plans. Not heeding the words, they decided to go it alone and found their plans laid to waste.

“They soon forgot His works;

They did not wait for His counsel.”

Psalm 106:13 NKJV

Joshua’s good success in conquering the king of Hormah, the wasted place, is found in his remembering the lesson he had learned through past experiences. He remembered what happened to the people 40 years ago when they looked to their own strength and timing.  

Heeding the good plans of the LORD, Joshua waited on the LORD’s timing and not his own plans to achieve victory in the place once laid to waste.

“Lead me in Your truth and teach me,

For You are the God of my salvation;

On You I wait all the day.”

Psalm 25:5 NKJV

Photo captured in Upper Galilee, the northern limits of Jesus’ travels. Banias or as we see it through New Testament eyes, Caesarea Philippi. Banias was dedicated to Pan, a Greek god the god of nature, pastures, flocks, and shepherds.

Jesus would ask His disciples, “Who do you say I am?” here in this place laid to waste. As fisherman from the fertile shores of Galilee, one can only imagine their questioning why Jesus would lead them so far from home to “pagan place of devotion” a “wasted place”.

If only they knew the Mount of Transfiguration was only a few days away!

Joshua would have journeyed here to the northern part of the land of Israel. He and his men would have seen this place. In antiquity, a spring in the large cave was one of the principal sources of water to the Jordan flowing into the Sea of Galilee.

Thank you for joining me as we travel the truths of Hormah – a place laid to waste. I’m delighted to have you on this road as we ponder and look to His Saving Grace.

Denise

From The Joshua Journals of denisebalog©2020

Photo captured by denisebalog©2014

Eyes Set Forward

“No turning back to the former ways.

No stretching the neck in reverse these days.

Eyes straight forward,

Head set firm;

Wisdom beckons onward,

Come listen to My Words and learn.”

“For what had not been told them they shall see,

And what they had not heard they shall consider.”

Isaiah 52:15 (NKJV)

 

 Poem by denisebalog©2017

Photo captured by denisebalog©2017

 

Wisdom Calls – The Season of College

College Freshman Day!

Convocation Assembly

Yep, that’s my boy in the red going down to sign the “Commit to Complete Pledge” for finishing what he begins in College.

We’ve been busy embracing this new season of college in our son’s life.

With “Wisdom” on our minds, I would like to re-post a poem from a 2015 trip to the Reading Room in the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. This trip to Reading Room was one of the most valuable investments we made into our son’s life. Wisdomfar more precious than jewels. 

Wisdom Calls

“The Reading Room,

the Reading Room,

the reason that we came.

To walk the halls,

to hear the call,

Her “Wisdom” calls your name.

 

The Reading Room,

the Reading Room,

Her magnificence Great Hall.

To read the books,

to have a look,

and never be the same.

 

She’s wood and oak,

where words and prose,

and history grows

each volume they contain.

 

The oak line desks

only one could guess,

who sat in these before.

No photos here,

She’s far too dear,

and there’s clearance at the door.

 

She’s beautiful,

restful,

color that’s unchanged.

To walk the Hall,

Hear “Wisdom” call,

And never be the same.”

 

“Does not wisdom call?

Does not understanding raise her voice?

…for wisdom is better than jewels,

And all that you may desire cannot compare with her.” Proverbs 8:1-11 (ESV)

Photo of Great Hall taken from observation area in the Library of Congress

Poem by denisebalog©

 

 

Light Will Shine on Your Ways

“Season of beginnings

And brand new.

But first;

Graduation’s path of time to embrace, and

Walk on through.”

 

“You will decide on a matter, and it

Will be established for you, and

Light will shine on your ways.”

Job 22:28 (ESV)

 

“For everything there is a season…

A time to be born,

A time to plant,

A time to heal,

A time to laugh,

A time to dance,

A time to embrace.”

Ecclesiastes 3:1-6

 

Celebrating our Son’s High School Graduation today!

 

Poem by denisebalog©

Wisdom’s Rest

“Arise let us go from here.” John 14:31

“Entering into Sunday’s rest.

What this week holds

Jesus knows best.

Begin the day at His feet;

Protection,

Counsel,

And Wisdom

He does bequeath.”

 

Peace I leave with you,

My Peace I give to you;

Not as the world gives do I give you.

Let not your hearts be troubled,

Neither let it be afraid…

Arise let us go from here.”

John 14:27 & 31 (NKJV)

 

Poem by denisebalog©

Shine the Light

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Good deeds shine the day;

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Compassion Lights up a life time!

 

“You are the light of the world.

A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden…

Let your light so shine before men,

That they may see your good works and

Glorify your Father in heaven.”

Matthew 5:14-16 NKJV


Meadow Dance – Meadow quote by denisebalog©

Wisdom Calls

“The Reading Room,

the Reading Room,

the reason that we came.

To walk the halls,

to hear the call,

Her “Wisdom” calls your name.

 

The Reading Room,

the Reading Room,

Her magnificence Great Hall.

To read the books,

to have a look,

and never be the same.

 

She’s wood and oak,

where words and prose,

and history grows

each volume they contain.

 

The oak line desks

only one could guess,

who sat in these before.

No photos here,

She’s far too dear,

and there’s clearance at the door.

 

She’s beautiful,

restful,

color that’s unchanged.

To walk the Hall,

Hear “Wisdom” call,

And never be the same.”

Poem by denisebalog©

 

“Does not wisdom call?

Does not understanding raise her voice?

…for wisdom is better than jewels,

And all that you may desire cannot compare with her.” Proverbs 8:1-11 (ESV)

Photo of Great Hall taken from observation area in the Library of Congress