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Trust and Courage to Obey God

God says to Joshua:

6Be 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.  7Only 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 whithersoever thou goest.  8This 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.  9Have 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. (Joshua 1:6-9)

This passage primarily has to do with the sure victorious conquest and territorial expansion that God promised to Joshua, the successor of Moses. This is the introduction for fulfilling the words of God to the Patriarch (Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob) concerning the promise Land.  God is saying here to Joshua, that conquering the Promised Land and the giants therein lies in their dependence upon God and to the Law that He has given to them through Moses.

I know, as I’ve said, that this passage has to do first of all with God’s promise to Joshua as he leads Israel to conquer the Promised Land. However, there are principles that we can see here that we can use in our daily lives as Christians.

In this passage, I observed that God gave three undeniable principles that would lead Israel to conquer the Promise Land, from the hands of the wicked and pagan enemies.

Positive respond to God’s Word

Verses 6 and 7 say:

6Be 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.  7Only 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 whithersoever thou goest.

 

Disobedience simply means we doubt God. When we disobey God, we are belittling the truthfulness and certainty of His word. We are putting it in a place where we view it just like an old literature or it’s just a book made by man. And so because of this low-view of God’s word, we are in exchange implying that it has no greater value at all, that it is not the final authority of our lives.  Joshua must not view the Scriptures in this way. Instead, he should respond positively; meaning, with faith, with trust, and with assurance.

You see, the Bible is true and trustworthy but we should respond to it POSITIVELY in order to EXPERIENCE its power and veracity.

The Presence of God

 Verse 9 says:

9Have 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.

Suffice for me to say that if God be for us who can be against us (Romans 8). Remember this: “‘One with God’ is greater than million of soldiers.”

The Promise of God

Verses 6 and 7 says:

6Be 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.  7Only 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 whithersoever thou goest.

God is highly exalted in fulfilling what He says. He is the God who cannot lie. If there is “impossible” with God, that is He CANNOT lie. It is IMPOSSIBLE FOR GOD TO LIE! He fulfills what He says.  He has an absolute “word of honor.” He is the God who does not have a broken vow.

So these are the 3 principles that God gave to Joshua so that he could conquer victoriously the Promised Land. And I believe if we will also stick to these principles, we can also do great things for God’s glory. We must face our battles with these principles. This is God’s strategy for us to overcome temptations, trials, and problems. The point is: TRUST THE LORD! You have His word, you have His presence, and you have His promise.

How to Respond Positively to the Word of God?

Using Joshua 1:6-9, I think there are five basic things.

  1. Don’t be double minded. If God says He will do this, He indeed will do that. That’s simple right?
  2. Don’t be double-directed. There are no other guides that will lead us to spiritual maturity, other than the Word of God. You should walk in this One Way, the Word of the Lord. The path of righteousness always leads to life and good success. (Physical, as well as spiritual).
  3. Understand that the Word of God is your daily proclamation and answer to every difficult and challenging situations. Read it, there lies God’s wisdom for your life.
  4. Meditate it. Give a personal time to be alone to study the Bible.
  5. Love it. If you love, sacrifice is natural. 

 

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