Promised Land living. The “Glory Days.”
Does God have this kind of life for His children today? The book of Joshua dares us to believe our best days are ahead of us. God has a Promised Land for us to take.
Can you achieve “Glory Days” in your life? Max Lucado believes so.
“Glory Days” book review
“So the LORD gave Israel all the land he had sworn to give their fathers, and they took possession of it and settled there. The LORD gave them rest on every side according to all he had sworn to their fathers. None of their enemies were able to stand against them, for the LORD handed over all their enemies to them. None of the good promises the LORD had made to the house of Israel failed. Everything was fulfilled.” – Joshua 21:43-45 CSB
Wouldn’t it be amazing if we can experience life like that? God promised and delivered in the Old Testament. But can you and I have a robust and victorious life like that today?
Although I’m very happy with the many successes God has helped me achieve in life, I’ve still been asking the question, “how much victory and success can I expect in my Christian walk?” One resource that has helped me with this question is the book Glory Days, by Max Lucado. The 3 verses from the book of Joshua quoted above paint a vivid picture of God’s provision. Lucado explains in his book that Joshua is in the Bible to answer that very question. “It dares us to believe our best days are ahead of us. God has a Promised Land for us to take. Our Promised Land isn’t a physical territory; it is a spiritual reality. It’s not real estate but a real state of the heart and mind. A Promised Land life in which ‘we are more than conquerors through [Christ] who loved us’” – Romans 8:37.
Lucado explains that through the book of Joshua, God wants us to believe that we can have:
- A life in which “we do not lose heart” (2 Cor. 4: 16)
- A life in which “[ Christ’s] love has the first and last word in everything we do” (2 Cor. 5: 14 MSG)
- A life in which we are “exceedingly joyful in all our tribulation” (2 Cor. 7: 4)
- A life in which we are “anxious for nothing” (Phil. 4: 6), in which we are “praying always” (Eph. 6: 18)
- A life in which we “do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him” (Col. 3: 17)
“Canaan symbolizes the victory we can have today,” Lucado points out. “Canaan represents the life we can have now! God invites us to enter Canaan. There is only one condition. We must turn our backs on the wilderness.* Think about the Christian you want to be… Here is the good news. You can [be that person].
[The verses from Joshua are] God’s vision for your life!”
*It takes several chapters for the author to develop what the “wilderness” represents in our lives. This is a significant part of the value of this book. We need to get on track with our focus on Christ and how we can prevail with His strength. Very worthwhile reading!
Conclusion: I found the information in Glory Days, by Max Lucado to be an eye-opening and rousing boost to my faith and my expectations of what I can and should expect moving ahead in my journey with God. I am very pleased to recommend this book and the sermon series of the same name.
Scripture quotations marked CSB have been taken from the Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 2017 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission. Christian Standard Bible® and CSB® are federally registered trademarks of Holman Bible Publishers.