Monday, March 23, 2009

Strength! Courage! Don't get off Track!

Joshua is under 40 years old. Moses is dead. He is the anointed and appointed leader. He has been by Moses' side for years. But now he is in charge.

Joshua was not a rebel. He never chaffed under Moses' leadership. He never participated in all the complaining that different people had done over the years. Most of those people were dead.

A good leader needs to know how to follow well, in addition to leading well.

Now God is talking to Joshua. The task is huge. The group he is leading is huge. Here is what God says to him:

"Strength! Courage! You are going to lead this people to inherit the land that I promised to give their ancestors. Give it everything you have, heart and soul. Make sure you carry out The Revelation that Moses commanded you, every bit of it. Don't get off track, either left or right, so as to make sure you get to where you're going. And don't for a minute let this Book of The Revelation be out of mind. Ponder and meditate on it day and night, making sure you practice everything written in it. Then you'll get where you're going; then you'll succeed." (Joshua 1:4-8)
Joshua wasted no time. He told the leaders to prepare the people. In three days they were going to cross the Jordan and start their invasion. He sent two spies to Jericho, the biggest close by city, to scope it out. God told him He would roll back the waters of the Jordan.
14 -16 "And that's what happened. The people left their tents to cross the Jordan, led by the priests carrying the Chest of the Covenant. When the priests got to the Jordan and their feet touched the water at the edge (the Jordan overflows its banks throughout the harvest), the flow of water stopped. It piled up in a heap—a long way off—at Adam, which is near Zarethan. The river went dry all the way down to the Arabah Sea (the Salt Sea). And the people crossed, facing Jericho.
17 And there they stood; those priests carrying the Chest of the Covenant stood firmly planted on dry ground in the middle of the Jordan while all Israel crossed on dry ground. Finally the whole nation was across the Jordan, and not one wet foot."
Huge miracle! Amazing! God was still with them! God was with Joshua! Their reputation surged ahead of them as people whose God was the Almighty God!
Lots of lessons here. Joshua and the people did their part. They depended on God to do what they could not do. Joshua and the leaders were ahead. By faith, the priests stepped into the river. They believed God for the miracle, and put their pride, reputation, even lives on the line in faith.

1 comment:

His Daughter said...

wow, great post. i love the book of Joshua. i especially love where God tells him to be blod and courageous, to not be afraid, to not look to the left or the right and to study the Word. It always helps me to stay focus and on point. thanks 4 saring