Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Partners

We were living in Tennessee and I was doing a project at the house. Allison was six or seven, Kayla was four or five and Derrick was real little, three I think. As I was getting the tools ready, I said, "Hey, you guys want to help Daddy?" And they said, "Yeah!" We got the tools ready, and I started working on the project while they were busy playing with the screwdrivers, kicking the hammer, twirling around, and singing songs. Every once in a while I'd say, "Hey, bring me that hammer." And they'd bring it to me, and then they’d go back to what they were doing. Now, did I need them to help on the project? No; truth be told, not at all. But I loved the association. I loved the time we spent together.

It's like that with God. God is interested in the association with us. It's a partnership. We work with Him. In Joshua 1:2-3, God said, "Now therefore, arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them--the children of Israel. Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses."

God could have just given them the Promised Land, with no enemies to bar their way. He could have engineered it so that they just stood at the edge of the river and the Canaanites would say, "Here's the keys to our houses and our chariots. They're all yours. We surrender." No, they had to actually cross, walk, fight, move, and believe, so that each step was a step of faith.

In Joshua 3 when they put their feet into the waters of the Jordan, the flow of the river stopped upstream and they crossed over on dry ground. It wasn't until they moved out that the water stopped. And they had to tread on the land before it was theirs. So with each step they were saying, in effect, "OK Lord, I'm taking this step, but I'm trusting that You've given this to me. Here's another one..."

Please don't misunderstand me here. I'm not saying "God helps those who help themselves." That's not where I'm going, and besides it's not scriptural.

What I'm trying to say is that we work with God in His work. It's a partnership. We do it with Him, not apart from Him. And it's not just Him doing it--because He could do all the work by Himself. It's a partnership, because He loves to do things with us, and to just "hang" with us. I hope you learn that beautiful secret of fellowship with Him!

We will learn even more about partnerships this weekend as we dive into Genesis 3.  Hope to see you this weekend!  Invite a friend and join us on this foundational journey through the first book of the Bible!

In His Love,


Chuck

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