Written by Angelique Geeringh
When Moses died, Joshua was left with the huge task of leading the nation of Israel into the Promised Land. Moses spent 40 years in the Egyptian palace, which prepared him to present the case of the Israelites before Pharaoh. He spent another 40 years with the Midianites, which was preparation for wondering in the wilderness. By comparison, Joshua was relatively inexperienced. He was assuming a huge responsibility from a man who walked closely with God. So, it is not surprising that in Joshua chapter 1 God encourages Joshua not once but three times to 'be strong and courageous’.
There were probably many well-meaning people who offered Joshua all types of advice, but God makes it very clear about what is needed to be successful.
Joshua 1:8 (NIV)
‘Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; 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’.
This instruction is as relevant today as it was all those year ago. We need to meditate on God’s Word daily. Reading and memorizing God’s Word provides the basis for meditating upon God’s Word. The more we do it, the clearer our understanding of how applicable God’s Word is in any situation that we find ourselves in. That, coupled to the unshakable faith that God is with us, will help us face any circumstance. Take heart from God’s promise found in Joshua 1:9 (NIV).
‘Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.’