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Last night, Ruthe and I had a late dinner with three couples from our church. We shared our experiences in the Philippines over the last 2 weeks, and they shared their experiences of the last few weeks as well. Fellowship and friendship with brothers and sisters is sweet.

One of the couples has been living with a business and financial nightmare for over a year. It has been a year of living by faith. Literally. They have also seen things happen in their business that simply do not happen – modern-day miracles. Literally.

This morning, I wrote them this email:

You mentioned that the Biblical analogy you are living is these days is the march around Jericho. In my own personal study of the Bible, I am at that particular story! Today I read Joshua 4-7.

The Reformation Study Bible (ESV) that I am reading this year has this note on Joshua 6:1-2 – 

“See, I have given you…” A striking paradox, since all that had been seen, according to verse 1 was Jericho’s shut gates. The promise of God creates possibilities not inherent in the present situation. A similar contrast between present circumstances and what God promises is found often in the Bible, as in the present experience of believers (Gen 15:2-5; Is. 65:17; Rom 8:18).

What jumped off the page to me was the sentence, “The promise of God creates possibilities not inherent in the present situation.”  I love that! 

For Israel, the present situation was “shut gates” and “mighty men of valor” who lived in Jericho (vs. 1-2)

Joshua and Israel had 2 things as well: the promise of God in vs. 2 and the recent memory of miracles (the manna stopped and the crossing of the Jordan). Apparently, God’s promise and His track record gave them the confidence to obey and do the silly thing of marching around a walled city for 7 days without making a sound.

You two, and your son and family, are living on the promise of God which create possibilities not inherent in the present situation. Ruthe and I are, as well. 

You have been prayed for this morning.

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