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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Beach (07/04/05)

TITLE: God's footprints on the beach
By Michael Hurd


Now after the death of Moses the servant of the LORD it came to pass, that the LORD spake unto Joshua the son of Nun, Moses' minister, saying, 2 Moses my servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou, and all this people, unto the land which I do give to them, even to the children of Israel. 3 Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses.
- Joshua 1:1-3

As I thought about the beaches that stretch throughout this universe, it brought to mind the promise God gave to Abraham in Genesis 22:17-

“That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;”

It brought to mind, our U.S. Troops today, who fight for a country that is not ours, at least in the physical sense. We are all warriors for the Lord. It is our job to overcome evil with good. All the sands of the beach are a reminder to me of the battles fought for freedom. The freedom that Christ came for. To conquer sin and death. To give everybody the opportunity to live, regardless of sex, race, culture, or belief.

This freedom is not a man-made right, but a God-given right. That none shall perish, but all have everlasting life. That God loved the world so much that he gave his only begotten Son so that all could have life more abundantly. He did not say that just the USA could have abundant life, but he said the whole world.

As I reflected upon this, I thought also about what Jesus said to his disciples, about those who thought that they were doing the service to God, in John 16: 1-11:

1 These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended. 2 They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service. 3 And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me. 4 But these things have I told you, that when the time shall come, ye may remember that I told you of them. And these things I said not unto you at the beginning, because I was with you. 5 But now I go my way to him that sent me; and none of you asketh me, Whither goest thou? 6 But because I have said these things unto you, sorrow hath filled your heart. 7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. 8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 9 Of sin, because they believe not on me; 10 Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; 11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.

Look at all the senseless killings of our troops as well as the senseless killings that some of our own troops have done to the enemy. Then just ask yourself this question. Is it service to God or not?

This is not to bash my country, which I love, it is for us to examine ourselves and to stir within our spirits a sense of urgency for souls, for God’s kingdom is coming and many do not know the Lord. The enemy has been judged, and now is the time for many to pick which side they are on.

So our service to God here on earth will also be temporary, but our service to God in heaven will be eternal. This will also include battle. The final and great Armageddon, when we will return with Christ to rule the nations.

And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations
- Revelation 2:26

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Nina Phillips07/11/05
I liked the scripture at the beginning of your story as the story follows. It would indeed be awesome if we would walk by that same faith as the scripture portrayed--there would be no war, no more. God bless, littlelight
Shari Armstrong 07/14/05
A very well written piece on a touchy subject. We'd all love peace, but scripture does say there will be wars and rumors of war -it's something we can't avoid until Jesus comes back.
Beth Muehlhausen07/15/05
We serve God because of the freedom in Christ that is ours. Translating that into an earthly dimension is indeed a challenging task, and difficult to reconcile. Thank you for choosing to address such a topic!
Maxx .07/17/05
I may be dense today but I think I'm missing the main thrust of this piece. We serve an eternal God whose priority is to reach every soul. I got that part. But how our troops and the beach tie in i slost to me today. Sorry! That said, the author is quite articulate and obviously has a good grasp of language and structure.