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Daily Devotions from Fourth Presbyterian Church

Monday, March 28, 2022  

Today’s Scripture Reading  |  Joshua 5:9–12

The Lord said to Joshua, “Today I have rolled away from you the disgrace of Egypt.” And so that place is called Gilgal to this day.

While the Israelites were camped in Gilgal they kept the passover in the evening on the fourteenth day of the month in the plains of Jericho. On the day after the passover, on that very day, they ate the produce of the land, unleavened cakes and parched grain. The manna ceased on the day they ate the produce of the land, and the Israelites no longer had manna; they ate the crops of the land of Canaan that year. (NRSV)

These few verses speak of a major change in the life of the people of Israel as they completed the escape from Egypt and entered the promised land. As I began to contemplate this devotion assignment, I began to see alignment with the place where we are, or may be, in relation to the current pandemic.

The population probably completely changed, as the folks who had left Egypt forty years prior died and were replaced by a population that was born in the desert. They were brought into the covenant that had been granted to their ancestors. Part of the process was eating the products of their new land as the manna stopped coming.

The last two years in our lives have been harsh. One could even compare this time to the years the Israelites spent in the desert. The life they had in Egypt was not the life they moved into in the promised land. The life that we are going to will not be the life we left two years ago. The impact of the last two years is too great to allow that.

Now the big question for us is What are we going to do with our recovered freedom? These words from Joshua call on me to use this opportunity for development to apply what I have learned about caring for God’s world and God’s people. I feel challenged to be better, stronger, and renewed as opposed to going back to the way I was two years ago.

Dear Lord, I pray that you will show me how to be more empathetic, more open-minded, and more committed to “thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” In Christ’s name. Amen.

Written by Blake Anderson, Member of Fourth Presbyterian Church

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