Robert E. Morton
God’s Faithfulness Through Generations (Mobile, Alabama: Wyatt House, 2023).
Bobby Morton has seen God work faithfully throughout his lengthy pastoral ministry in Alabama, Mississippi and Florida. In his new volume, “God’s Faithfulness Through Generations,” Morton gives the reader a simple and engaging overview of the book of Joshua.
But this is more than a Bible study — it is also an account of God’s faithfulness in Morton’s own life and ministry through the years. It is both biblical and personal in a warm and welcoming style.
Morton walks the reader through Joshua beginning with his becoming the leader of God’s people at the death of Moses to his final farewell and charge to the people to “choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve” (Joshua 24:15). Along the way Morton gives practical lessons about God using surprising people like Rahab: “God never ceases to amaze me at how He uses the most unlikely people for the most unusual projects to accomplish the most unbelievable purposes.” God rewards obedience, which leads to deeper worship.
Morton also deals with the challenges of defeat and disobedience, using examples of Joshua and the Israelites to show how to move on from discouragement to greater triumphs. Memorable anecdotes drawn from life and ministry season the narrative in practical and helpful ways.
The last chapter, the longest, is a personal description of how God has been faithful to the author and his family, focusing on a variety of mission trips over the years, both in the United States and internationally. The author has traveled far and his heart for the gospel shines through his stories.
The book draws the readers into Scripture and out into the world by a careful mix of exposition and personal reflection. It would be a helpful study for a small group or Sunday School class, as well as for individual study.