God Things
Dan Bishop

This past weekend I was listening to a sermon and boy was it a good one.  Lots of things to consider, but the following phrase has stuck with me: "We don't do God things on our own. God does God things through us." James George

The passage used was from Joshua 1. God tells Joshua to be "strong and of good courage." He then details several things that Joshua needed to do (obey, keep God's word on your lips, meditate day and night) in order to have good success. Verse 9 ends this section with one more reminder to be strong and courageous, but now with the added "be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed."  

Why? Because God promises to be with Joshua, wherever he went.  

When you read the rest of the adventures of Joshua, it is evident that he was tasked with a lot of "God things" to accomplish. Imagine how the story would be different if God was not with Joshua.  He may not have even made it out of chapter 6.

The great news is that we can read this promise in other parts of Scripture. Matthew 28:20 "Lo, I will be with you always, even unto the end of the world." is a great example.  

Of course, many of us are familiar with this as part of the Great Commission. It is encouraging to know that the Lord is with us when we go to a different place in the world. However, I think the "always with you" means ALWAYS - not just when you go into all the world.  

What that means is, the Lord is with you ALWAYS, when you go to the store, when you work in the yard, when you share the Gospel with a friend. The task is not the issue, but rather that the Lord is with you when you do it.

Another verse that I love on this topic, Isaiah 41:10 "Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you. Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand."

You can see how the God things become possible.  
I am with you - I am your God - I will strengthen you - I will help you - I will uphold you.

I pray that you will go forth with your day holding on to the idea that God is with you, and that He can help you with the regular things of life, and the God things that he allows you to be a part of.

Dan Bishop

Chaplain