Joshua took on the role of Moses as the leader of the Israelites after Moses’ death. He led them out of the desert and into the promised land. He is most known for his courage.
I invite you to journey with me as I explore the book of Joshua.
When God gives, He gives plentifully. He did not just want to bless Joshua with a part of the land, He gave Joshua the entirety of the land!
Write down God’s promises to you signifying your North, East, West and South. Contemplate on how God is covering provisions, protection and blessings in all aspects of your life.
A friend of mine once said that for every promise God gives you, there is a corresponding instruction.
Here, we see God instructing Joshua to take charge.
Diving deeper, we hear God commanding Joshua to:
You have been assigned.
God has all placed us in positions of influence whether it be at our schools, our offices or at home. Yet, we often find ourselves in a place of doubts and fears.
During this time of his life, I am sure that after the death of Joshua’s mentor and leader, he might have been at a loss.
Is he ready? Will he ever amount to the greatness of his predecessor? Will he be successful?
These are just three of the thousands of questions that could have running in the mind of Joshua.
What are the limits you are tying yourself into?
- Do you think you don’t have what it takes?
- Are you concerned with what other people might think?
- Do you have emotional baggages that are stopping you from moving forward?
But God says to him in v6 AMP Be strong and confident and courageous, for you will give this people as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers (ancestors) to give them.
God has placed us in a position where we ought to be confident.
God says in v2 “Moses My servant is dead; now therefore arise [to take his place], cross over this Jordan, you and all this people, into the land which I am giving to them, to the sons of Israel.”
He says to take that leap of faith.
Go out boldly out of that hiding place.
Take your position of authority over the lives of other people.
God has called you in that mission field so that you can be a living testimony of God’s faithfulness in generations and generations to come.
You have been instructed through the bible
Let us chop verse 8 and study the first part that says This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall read [and meditate on] it day and night,
As we reach a level of influence over the lives of other people, it is important that we make sure that our foundations are correct. Through this, we maybe able to teach other people to live a Christ-centered life biblically.
Have you ever been in a place when someone asks you and an overflow of Bible verses and Godly wisdom comes out of you?
That is a fruit that comes out when you read the Word of God.
Our time of devotion is not just a must-do that we tick off out of our To Do lists. This is an intimate moment with God where we allow him to transform us to be more Christ-like.
And through our daily devotions, the worship services we attend, small groups we join we become more attuned to the voice the Holy Spirit.
I urge you now, brothers and sisters to be part of a church community. Volunteer and register for equipping sessions provided for you by the church.
Make firm your foundations through the Bible and God will propel you to places in accordance to His will.
Act in obedience
You are for the performance of ONE
And for the last part of verse 8 it says so that you may be careful to do [everything] in accordance with all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will be successful
Just as God gave Joshua what He has promised to Moses in v3 ‘Wherever you set foot, you will be on land I have given you—”, Joshua had to obey God’s will in order to come out victorious in their journey out of the wilderness.
This was God’s will for Joshua – handpicked to become the Israelites’ new leader. Being in a position of leadership, Joshua was placed in a position of obedience.
Charles Spurgeon explains how Joshua followed in the footsteps of Moses and obeyed the Lord.
He said “We are not under the law, but under grace; yet still there is a gospel rule which we are bound to follow, and the law in the hand of Christ is a delightful rule of life to the believer.”
Do not stray to the left and to the right
You are where you should be
But then wouldn’t obedience be be hard?
For the second time, we will see the Israelites crossing another body of water. From the Red Sea as led by Moses to the River Jordan as led by Joshua God encourages the Israelites to be strong and VERY courageous.
Yet sometimes it’s easier to find our own way out of our wilderness.
God says in verse 7 “Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the instructions Moses gave you. Do not deviate from them, turning either to the right or to the left. Then you will be successful in everything you do.”
Again, Charles Spurgeon says “We are not to follow, in the service of God, our own fancies. We are not allowed to frame regulations according to our own conceptions, but our direction is, “whatever HE says to you, do it.””
These are all too easy to say and oh so hard to do.
But Jesus said” By their fruits you shall know them.”
It will be by the grace of God that we are able to obey. Through the daily transformation of our hearts, we will find ourselves easier to obey good, pleasing and perfect will of our Abba Father.
Today, Father, I pray that the hearts of those who have heard your Word through the story of Joshua will take up their cross and follow you. That they maybe encouraged to stand in their circle of influence to lead people back to you.
I pray that they will not neglect their time with you putting themselves into the daily transformation of their mind, body and soul as they pour themselves into the Word of God.
And that they may learn to obey you, not veering in to the left nor to the right but walking in the straight path you have commanded them to.
Lastly Father, I pray that the readers of this devotional will remember that for it is by grace that they have been saved, through faith—and this is not from themselves , it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.
Inculcate in their hearts Lord that the very ability to lead, study your Word and obey is not by their own doing but through your Son Jesus who died on the cross for us 2,000 years ago so that they may be brought back to you as your sons and daughters.
Thank you Father God for welcoming us back into your family.
We love you!
In Jesus’s name we pray.
AMEN AND AMEN.