And Joshua rose early in the morning; and they removed from Shittim, and came to Jordan, he and all the children of Israel, and lodged there before they passed over. And it came to pass after three days, that the officers went through the host; And they commanded the people, saying, When ye see the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, and the priests the Levites bearing it, then ye shall remove from your place, and go after it. Yet there shall be a space between you and it, about two thousand cubits by measure: come not near unto it, that ye may know the way by which ye must go: for ye have not passed this way heretofore. And Joshua said unto the people, Sanctify yourselves: for to morrow the LORD will do wonders among you. And Joshua spake unto the priests, saying, Take up the ark of the covenant, and pass over before the people. And they took up the ark of the covenant, and went before the people. (Joshua 3:1-6)
Today’s Morsel: June 6, 1944, marks what was called the D-Day invasion. More than 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily-fortified French coastline, to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France. General Dwight D. Eisenhower called the operation a crusade in which, “We will accept nothing less than full victory.” More than 5,000 ships and 13,000 aircraft supported the D-Day invasion, and by day’s end the Allies gained a foot-hold in Continental Europe. The cost in lives on D-Day was high. More than 9,000 Allied soldiers were killed or wounded, but their sacrifice allowed more than 100,000 soldiers to begin the slow, hard slog across Europe to defeat Adolf Hitler’s troops.
But many years before the invasion on June 6, 1944, there was another D-Day invasion. The armies of God, led by the Captain of the Host, King Jesus, and His chosen, Joshua, aligned themselves along the shorelines of the Jordan River, and prepared themselves to pass over to eradicate the enemies of God from their promised land. Joshua, the commander of the forces, told them to keep their eyes on the Ark because they had not passed that way before. He told them to stay focused and to keep their eyes on God so that they would not fail. Every born again child of God has had a D-Day. And now we must keep our eyes on God so that we do not fail.
Sing: I may never march in the infantry, ride in the Calvary, shoot the artillery, I may never soar over the enemy; but I’m in the Lord’s army, yes sir!
Thought For Today: Every born again child of God has had a D-Day. Keep your eyes on God so that you do not fail.