I recently finished studying the book of Joshua. I never thought I could learn so much from an Old Testament book full of cities and king’s names that are hard to pronounce. But I’ve realized that the book of Joshua is jam packed with lessons and stories of God’s faithfulness in difficult times. One recurring theme of Joshua is: The people’s obedience toward God and God’s faithfulness toward them.
Have you ever just felt bad? Bad about yourself, bad about not honoring God, and bad because you don’t know what to do about it? God does not want us to hang on to these feelings. He is not a God of guilt, but he is a God of conviction. He calls us to always keep a “clear conscience,” moving away from our sin and feelings of guilt, and moving towards him in freedom.