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Joshua 13:1-14:15
I love the fourteenth chapter where Caleb, Joshua’s fellow spy, who believed God and brought back a good report forty-five years before, doesn’t site his age or possibly frailty as a reason for not possessing what had been given to him by Moses. When by right he could have stepped back and let the young folks get the job done, Caleb fought along side the men of fighting age and conquered the land given to the tribe of Judea

Reading his words are thrilling and inspiring. My desire is that I follow after Caleb’s spirit and not die before I’m dead, that I continue to work at possessing what God has promised before the breath of life leaves my body and releases my spirit.

6 …Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite said to him, You know what the Lord said to Moses the man of God concerning me and you in Kadesh-barnea. 7 Forty-years old was I when Moses the servant of the Lord sent me from Kadesh-barnea to scout out the land. And I brought him a report as it was in my heart. 8 But my brethren who went up with me made the hearts of the people melt; yet I wholly followed the Lord my God.

9 And Moses swore on that day, surely the land on which your feet have walked shall be an inheritance to you and your children always, because you have wholly followed the Lord my God. 10 And now, behold, the Lord has kept me alive, as He said, these forty-five years since the Lord spoke this word to Moses, while the Israelites wandered in the wilderness; and now, behold, I am this day eighty-five years old.
11 Yet I am as strong today as I was the day Moses sent me; as my strength was then, so is my strength now for war and to go out and to come in. 12 So now give me this hill country of which the Lord spoke that day. (AMP)

Caleb’s words send chills down my spine! They are just awesome.

Luke 18:1-17

6 Then the Lord said, "Learn a lesson from this evil judge. 7 Even he rendered a just decision in the end, so don't you think God will surely give justice to his chosen people who plead with him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? 8 I tell you, he will grant justice to them quickly! But when I, the Son of Man, return, how many will I find who have faith?"

Some have taught, using this Parable as their back-up, that Jesus is telling us to do as the widow did to the evil judge, wear down God with persistent praying for what you want. Kind of like children who successfully modify their parent’s behavior by whining and begging to have something their parents have said they could not have. God’s justice is not like the evil judge’s justice and we don’t have to wear Him down or out. In fact we can’t.

Many times we feel unworthy to go to God to ask for justice because we look at our sins and feel guilty or are too embarrassed to ask. I believe God is saying that doesn’t matter, our prayers our asking for what we need, or even what we think we need, should never cease because he is always ready to hear his children.

Psalm 85:1-13
And here are some more awesome verses:

10 Unfailing love and truth have met together.
Righteousness and peace have kissed!

11 Truth springs up from the earth,
and righteousness smiles down from heaven.

Love and Truth, as well as Righteousness and Peace walk hand-in-hand. We speak of true love but we use the word true as an adjective defining the object of our love. We cry out for peace but speak nothing of the righteousness that must exist for peace to stand. Each set; love and truth, righteousness and peace are equal partners and probably form two sides of the same “coin.” I find it intriguing and try to think of the kind of environment that must exist for these four words to make their place in this world and more importantly, in my heart. I’m thinking they must represent the character of God, Jesus, His Son and the Holy Spirit.
Proverbs 13:7-8

Why would the poor pretend to be rich and the rich pretend to be poor, hmmm! The poor in their disguise are trying to elevate their social status above all the other poor; and the rich are trying to fend off those who are desirous of their company and money because they are rich. There are probably many other reasons why the dance of deception are played out does anyone else have any ideas?

Grace and peace,
Ramona

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