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Our Daily Bread Devotional 12 August 2018 – Help from Heaven

Our Daily Bread Devotional 12 August 2018

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Our Daily Bread Devotional 12 August 2018

Topic: Help from Heaven

Read: Joshua 10:6–15  Bible in a Year: Psalms 84–86; Romans 12

Scripture: Surely the Lord was fighting for Israel! Joshua 10:14Our Daily Bread Devotional 12 August 2018 - Help from Heaven

Message: SOS, the Morse code signal, was created in 1905 because sailors needed a way to indicate extreme distress. The signal gained notoriety in 1910 when used by the sinking ship Steamship Kentucky, saving all forty-six people aboard.

Our Daily Bread Devotional 12 August 2018 – Help from Heaven

While SOS may be a more recent invention, the urgent cry for help is as old as humanity. We hear it often in the Old Testament story of Joshua, who faced opposition from fellow Israelites (Joshua 9:18) and challenging terrain (3:15–17) for more than fourteen years as the Israelites slowly conquered and settled the land God had promised them. During this struggle “the Lord was with Joshua” (6:27).

In Joshua 10, the Israelites go to the aid of the Gibeonites, allies of Israel who were being attacked by five kings. Joshua knew that he needed the Lord’s help to defeat so many powerful enemies (v. 12). God responded with a hailstorm, even stopping the sun in the middle of the sky to give Israel more time to defeat the enemy. Joshua 10:14 recounts, “Surely the Lord was fighting for Israel!”

Our Daily Bread Devotional 12 August 2018 – Help from Heaven

If you are in the midst of a challenging situation, you can send out an SOS to God. Although help will look different than the assistance Joshua received, perhaps help comes through an unexpected job, an understanding doctor, or peace in the midst of grief. Be encouraged that these are ways He is responding to your call for help and fighting for you.

Prayer: Thank You, Father, for walking with me on this difficult journey and hearing me when I cry out to You.

Thought for the Day: As we cry out to God for help, we can trust that He will be with us.

Our Daily Bread Devotional 12 August 2018 was written by Lisa Samra (Our Daily Bread Ministries)

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