Joshua 1:1-5 (NIV) 1 After the death of Moses the servant of the LORD, the LORD said to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ aide: 2 “Moses my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them–to the Israelites. 3 I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses. 4 Your territory will extend from the desert to Lebanon, and from the great river, the Euphrates–all the Hittite country–to the Great Sea on the west. 5 No one will be able to stand up against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.
On verses 1-5: The book of Joshua begins with God giving Joshua the charge to get ready to cross the Jordan with his people into the land of Canaan. God gives Joshua an encouraging vision of what the future would be for him and his nation (v3-4). God also gives Joshua His promise that He will always be with Joshua (v5) and will give Joshua success (v3).
What can we learn from this?
– God is a God of vision, purpose and destiny. When God speaks to you, He speaks with a vision and a plan to bless and use your life.
– God is an encourager. When God speaks to you, His goal is to build you up into the person He made you to be and to encourage you to do great things.
– God chooses and uses individuals to help His people step into their God-given purpose and destiny. God accomplishes His purposes through people who are willing to be used by Him. Like Joshua, you also have been chosen by God to be used for God’s purposes.
Joshua 1:6-9 (NIV) 6 “Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their forefathers to give them. 7 Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. 8 Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”
On verses 6-9: Three times in four verses God tells Joshua to be strong and courageous (v6, v7 and v9). A big reason God gives Joshua for being strong and courageous is because God would be with them wherever they go (v9). Jesus would say something similar to his disciples when he gives them the great commission to make disciples of all nations. He tells them, “Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20b) As a follower of Jesus you too are called by God, so verse 9 is worth memorizing and applying to your own life.
God also tells Joshua to meditate on God’s Word day and night so that he may be careful to obey it, and in turn prosper (v7-8).
What can we learn from this?
1. God gives us His Word for our success. When we meditate on God’s Word, we are more able to obey God’s Word. When we obey God’s Word, we will experience God’s blessing and success. True success begins with meditating on God’s Word.
2. Courage is essential to effective leadership. You can’t lead well without courage.
3. No matter what you are facing today, you can be strong and courageous, knowing that God is with you wherever you go (v9). The key to finding courage is to know that God is with you. As Pastor Rick Warren says, “We lose our fear when God is near.” Amen. The promise of God’s presence produces power in God’s people.
Heavenly Father, thank You that because You are with me and will never leave me, I can be strong and courageous. Thank You that when I meditate on Your Word and apply it to my life, I will be prosperous and successful. In Jesus’ name, AMEN!