She Reads Truth is doing something new for Lent – every Friday the reader’s share their own thoughts on a certain passage of scripture. This is my response for the week.
This week, we are reflecting on Joshua 1:8-9.
Let me start by saying, all of this must have been very providentially, as if God really wanted to teach me something. The same morning I read that the passage this week for #shesharestruth, I also started listening to a podcast series from Oak Hills Church (home of our boy, Max Lucado!) The series is called “Glory Days” and it is all about Joshua, how fitting. Here’s a list of the series so you can go watch for yourself:
- Glory Days
- Yes, You Can
- God Fights for You
- Take God’s Word For It
- It’s OK if You’re Not OK
- Cross This Jordan
- Don’t Forget to Remember
- Call on Your Commander
So, those are all the sermons so far, and they cover more than just verses 8 and 9 from chapter 1. But Lucado talks a lot about who Joshua is and where he is coming from, what he is coming from, and where he is being called to in the future. I think knowing the context of a verse is important, no matter what passage you’re looking at.
Using my study Bible, I also gathered information about Joshua (the book AND the person) that I found informative:
- Joshua was chosen as Moses’ successor,
- The book outlines Joshua’s leadership of the Israelites,
- Joshua was a military leader and a strong spiritual influence,
- He was submissive to God, and was obedient to his call,
- The book displays Joshua’s obedience.
- (and Joshua fought the battle of Jericho, Jericho, Jericho, Joshua fought the battle of Jericho and the walls came tumbling down)
Verses 1-9 of the first chapter of the Joshua are the Lord’s Charge to Joshua. Joshua should’ve been mourning the loss of a great leader, Moses, but instead God asks him to RISE UP and lead the people of Israel.
God calls Joshua to be strong and courageous and to lead the people and Joshua accepts. Then, the important part for us this week, God says,
Study This Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do. This is my command – be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
God taught Joshua how to be obedient, strong, and courageous, and successfully carry out His plan:
- Be strong, be courageous – it’s not going to be easy.
- Obey the law God has given.
- Constantly read the word God has given, think about, dwell on it, claim it, etc.
We too need to do those things, with whatever it is God is calling us to do.
We move forward without fear, for if God is for us, who can be against us?
We obey His commands (especially in what He is currently calling us to do, that which is requiring we have faith and courage).
We read His written word to us, we dwell on it, and we let it direct us as we are strong and courageous in obedience.
Are you ready? What is God calling you to do – big, small, easy, difficult?
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