The God Who Knows Our Needs

“'Be strong and courageous, for you shall give this people possession of the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. Only be strong and very courageous; be careful to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may have success wherever you go. This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.'” Joshua 1:6-9.
 
One of the blessings of the Old Testament is to discover the place of the Word of God (yes, even the Law) in the lives of God’s people. And this fact is certainly made clear in the life and ministry of Joshua.

In the beginning verses of chapter 1, we see the constant and consistent promises of God to Joshua, who is given the overwhelming possibility of not only leading God’s people in to the Promised Land, but also developing a strategy of conquest.

Joshua's success is linked to his obedience

We need to recall that for several centuries, the Israelites had known nothing but servitude, and often that servitude was harsh, debilitating, and even fatal. Then they spent forty years in the wilderness, when the journey to the Promised Land could have taken only a few weeks.
Now all of a sudden they are to be transformed into a military, combative force who would encounter giants, skilled warriors and seeming impossible odds.

Yet it will be Joshua’s obedience to the Law of God and divine, supernatural enabling that makes the Promised Land a reality.

It is also interesting to note that in this first chapter, the Lord continually encourages Joshua to “be strong and courageous.” And with this encouragement are added these words: “be careful to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may have success wherever you go. This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.”

What a lesson for all who are in leadership to learn. Joshua’s literal success and prosperity is directly linked to his observance and adherence to the “Law of God.” He is to meditate upon it day and night! The words of the Law are to never depart from his mouth.

God knows our needs for the task ahead

This is what I meant by entitling this post, “The God Who knows our needs.” God both knew and understood not only Joshua’s temperament, weakness and strengths, but knew what would strengthen and prepare him for the task that God had called him to fulfill.

What is the task that God has called you to accomplish? When and where does the Lord who calls us His own want to launch us in ministry? Our fruitfulness will be largely dependent upon the guidance from the Word of the Lord, which is the scriptures, and the equipping of the Holy Spirit that dwells within us.

Remember, the will of God will always lead you to a place where the grace and power of God will meet you. Therefore, “be strong and courageous.”

Blessings and prayers,
Pastor Gene
 
 

1 Comment


Karen Popilock - April 6th, 2020 at 7:37pm

Great truth; great challenge.

Thanks Pastor Gene

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