This week I would like to look at Joshua, the successor, to Moses. We will be looking at Joshua Chapter 1. Today we will look at God’s command to Joshua.
God’s Command (V5-9)
5 There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. 6 Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them. 7 Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper withersoever thou goest. 8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. 9 Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.
The first thing God wants Joshua to know is that He will be with him. That makes the following commands a bit easier to obey.
- Be strong and of a good courage (V6)
- Be courageous (V7)
- Obey the law completely(God’s word) (V7)
- Meditate on God’s Word day and night (V8)
- Be not afraid (V9)
These are characteristics of any leader, at any level. This challenge is for men and women, boys and girls, old or young. Battles come in all forms. Satan knows what we struggle against and he is our arch enemy. He wants to relegate us to be weak, ill equipped, anemic, Christians. God is looking for leaders.
Be a leader today!
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001