God's Word…Tried and Proven

Joshua 11-12

I read about a lady that had many small t's and p's written in her Bible in the margins. Someone asked, "What does the little 't' and 'p' mean that I see so often in your Bible?" ''Oh,'' she explained, "Those are verses that I have tried and proven."

The Word of God does not mean much to any Christian unless it has become personal. In making it ours we "try" and "prove" many verses and portions by application in daily life. I am reminded of the song, "Trust and obey for there is no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey." In the practical daily reading and obeying of God's Word we learn to trust and obey. It is by this means that God's Word becomes tried and proven in our lives. Paul reminds us that we "must prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God"

Now let's see how God's Word was tested and proven in this portion of the book of Joshua. Also, many other wonderful lessons for us today are seen in what may first appear to be dull reading.

I. Jabin and His Confederacy Prepare. 11:1-5

II. God Encourages and Gives Victory. 11:6-14

III. Continued Conflict and Complete Victory 11:15-23

Chapter twelve recounts the victories over the various kingdoms. It serves as a reminder to us that God keeps His promises! His Word is precious to us when it is tried and proven! Are we walking in victory or are we living defeated lives? The difference is in our obedience to His Word. We are told to…