by Max Lucado
In his new book, Glory Days, Max Lucado offers a study of the book of Joshua and a reminder that we too often settle for less than God’s best for us. As Christians, we can slip into complacency or even defeatism. We can think that God only intends for us to have victory in heaven, but never here on earth. This isn’t about material wealth or status; it’s about overcoming strongholds and no longer being held back by shame, fear, or underestimating God’s power.
Some of that comes from the faulty metaphor we’ve adopted of Canaan or the Promised Land as being heaven, which means our Christian life becomes little more than the wilderness between Egypt and the land flowing with milk and honey. From the beginning of this book, though, Max counters that. He says, ‘Canaan, then, does not represent the life to come. 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.’
In true Max-style of simplicity and master-storyteller, this book tracks the journey of Israel from sitting outside the Promised Land to finally taking the territory from the enemies within. Max covers remembering what God has done in the past, trusting in God and not ‘stuff,’ praying audacious prayers, overcoming failure, and trusting God to fight on your behalf. The book also includes a study guide that could help individuals and small groups dig deeper into the content.
I felt it was Max’s best Bible study in years, offering Christians both encouragement and a challenge to actually claim your inheritance in Christ: “more victory than defeat, more joy than sadness, more hope than despair. These days are Glory Days.”
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