Have you ever tried to persuade a church or other organization to change some long established practice? Often people who oppose the change will say something like, “We’ve always done it that way.” They believe that because something has worked well in the past they should continue to do it and not change anything. Are they right? Is the fact that something worked well in the past a reason we should keep on doing it and not change it? There was an incident in the life of David that I believe answers that question. Read the rest of this entry
When Joshua led the Israelites into the promised land they began their conquest with a victory over the city of Jericho. If you aren’t familiar with the story you can read it here .
The next city they attacked was Ai. The outcome was different.
Joshua sent men from Jericho to Ai, which is near Beth-aven, east of Bethel, and said to them, “Go up and spy out the land.” And the men went up and spied out Ai.
And they returned to Joshua and said to him, “Do not have all the people go up, but let about two or three thousand men go up and attack Ai. Do not make the whole people toil up there, for they are few.”
So about three thousand men went up there from the people. And they fled before the men of Ai, and the men of Ai killed about thirty-six of their men and chased them before the gate as far as Shebarim and struck them at the descent. And the hearts of the people melted and became as water.
Imagine that you have to go somewhere at night on a road that has no lights on it. You will need to take a source of light with you and there are two available. One is a flashlight and the other is an oil lamp. The flashlight has fresh batteries and you can see a long distance by its light. The lamp only gives off enough light to illuminate the area immediately around you. Which one would you choose?
This question is a no-brainer. With the flashlight you could see a long way ahead and know what to expect as you travel. You wouldn’t be surprised by unexpected obstacles. When you use a lamp only the area immediately around is illuminated and you have no idea what lies further ahead. If there are obstacles you won’t know about them until you reach them.