A few verses that stood out to me was Joshua 2:22-23, especially after answering the last question on page 28. It asked about God’s command to wipe out all the people/gods in Canaan and the reason they still existed in the surrounding cities. God allowed the people of Canaan to stay there as a way to test Israels faith in His commands. After the death of Joshua, God knew that His people were left without a leader and became severely vulnerable to the sin around them. Instead of wiping out the people Himself and letting the Israelite’s take over the land with little resistance, He wanted Israel to prove their faith in Him by making the choice to follow His commands. The next question asked if God had changed His plans in these verses compared to what He had said before. His goal has always been to give Israel their promised land but He needed to know that they would follow His commands and not fall into worshiping the pagan gods that already existed in Canaan. In hindsight, even though they did worship Baal, God still fought for them and gave them multiple chances to follow Him again and prove their loyalty to Him. He had the same goal from the start, but the way Canaan had to be conquered strictly depended on Israels faith and the steps they had to take to reach that goal.
Since reviewing these questions, the reason it stood out to me was because it made me wonder about Gods reaction to my own sins. I know He has a promise land waiting for me and is slowly guiding me in the direction He wants to be in. When I have a lack of leadership or self-control (similar to the death of Joshua for the Israelite’s), I let temptation consume me and lose sight of Gods plan. I continue to fail His tests on the strength of my faith and as a result, I fall away from Him. Just like Gods reaction to Israel, He is angry with me as well. Instead of sending literal armies against me, He will allow me to feel overwhelmingly lonely, which is a struggle I have brought upon myself. Yet, when I’m at my worst, He sends me friends and the most unlikely people to build relationships with. These people almost seem like personal judges that God has sent to help me overcome this internal battle. Reflecting on the cycle of Israels relationship with God on page 19, really helped me draw parallels to my own relationship with Him. Like we talked about in class, this cycle will keep repeating until I can make God my priority and stop giving in to the temptation in my life.