Joshua had some pretty big shoes to fill. Moses had died and God had called Joshua to finish the work of leading Israel into the promised land. God realized how big a task this must have seemed to Joshua. After all, Moses had stood before Pharaoh and led the people out of the slavery of Egypt and across the Dead Sea. He had stood in God’s presence and received the Ten Commandments and then led the people to the very border of the land God had promised.
So the Lord encouraged Joshua, promising him that God Himself would be with him wherever he went. Yet in the course of 4 verses in the account of the story in the Old Testament book of Joshua, God tells him 3 times to be strong and courageous. Joshua had God’s promise and he had a lot of difficult, frightening work to do. He would need to drive other nations out of the land God had promised to Israel, nations who would not go without a ferocious fight.
In our own stories we also know the ultimate end. Yet the path between where we stand now and that end can be difficult and frightening. But, like Joshua, we can find courage and strength in God’s promise and His word.
God instructed Joshua to obey the law He had given to Moses and to meditate on His word day and night to ensure that Joshua reached that ultimate goal. We have access to that same promise and source of strength and courage, no matter what stands between us and the road’s end. “Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
I’ll be sharing from this first chapter of Joshua during Middays Prayer Time, around 10:30 AM and 2:30 PM this week.
Mon 07/27 Joshua 1:5
Tue 07/28 Joshua 1:6
Wed 07/29 Joshua 1:7
Thu 07/20 Joshua 1:8
Fri 07/31 Joshua 1:9
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