Today’s passage is Joshua 23:6-16. Let’s go!
Joshua 23:6-16 (NIV)
6 “Be very strong; be careful to obey all that is written in the Book of the Law of Moses, without turning aside to the right or to the left.
7 Do not associate with these nations that remain among you; do not invoke the names of their gods or swear by them. You must not serve them or bow down to them.
8 But you are to hold fast to the LORD your God, as you have until now.
9 “The LORD has driven out before you great and powerful nations; to this day no one has been able to withstand you.
10 One of you routs a thousand, because the LORD your God fights for you, just as he promised. ……
On verses 6-16: Joshua’s parting message to the leaders of Israel is very clear: stay faithful to God and keep His commands. If you do, you will flourish in the land God has given you. If you don’t, you will perish from the land God has given you.
The same holds true for us today: obey God and stay in the land; disobey God and be driven from the land. The problem is that all of us have sinned, served other gods and violated God’s commands.