|“Joshua conquered all the land: the mountain country and the South and the lowland and the wilderness slopes, and all their kings.” – Joshua 10:40 |
Joshua had the unenviable task of replacing Moses. He knew others would watch him, wondering if he could measure up. He began his leadership with great success, leading the Israelites over the Jordan River and in victory over Jericho. It was clear that “the Lord was with Joshua, and his fame spread throughout all the country” (Joshua 6:27). Then he made some serious mistakes. He allowed Israel to be overconfident, resulting in defeat by the seemingly insignificant town of Ai. Joshua was devastated. But God showed him how to reverse the impact of this defeat. Then Joshua failed to discern that the Gibeonites deceived him into forming a covenant relationship. Confident in himself, Joshua hadn’t sought God. These mistakes could have crippled Joshua as a leader. Instead, he learned from his errors and no longer took God for granted. As we go through life, we all will make mistakes. When this happens, we need to be like Joshua. Committing every situation to God, we should ask Him for forgiveness, discernment, and wisdom. We must not give up but seek Him in every new situation to help us learn from these experiences. Today, commit every situation you face to God – every action and thought, even your problems and mistakes. Humble yourself before Him. Don’t allow circumstances to cripple you, but let Him transform and teach you. Learn to trust Him, and let Him guide you.
Read: Joshua 10
|“When all the kings of the Amorites … and all the kings of the Canaanites … heard how the LORD had dried up the waters of the Jordan … their hearts melted, and there was no spirit in them any longer.” – Joshua 5:1 |
As the Israelites approached the Promised Land, the people in Canaan seemed to have every advantage – resources, knowledge of the land, awareness of the best places to attack and defend, and the ability to study the Israelites and watch what they did. In contrast, the Israelites had many disadvantages. Having been in the wilderness, they had limited resources and few weapons. They were weary from traveling for so many years. Yet they had one major advantage: God was on their side. The Canaanites saw evidence of God blessing the Israelites when they heard that He dried the waters of the Jordan River. They knew this was a miracle! If their God could do this, they had no chance against His people! They were witnessing a people empowered by God, following His leading. They obeyed His Word and had confidence in Him. They trusted Him and did not give in to fear or worry. They believed that He could bring victory even when victory seemed impossible. God looks for people with this same boldness who are willing to step out in faith and not afraid of what others might say. He looks for people who are willing to trust Him in every situation and who are not intimidated by the obstacles before them. Be confident that with God on your side, “no weapon formed against you shall prosper” (Isaiah 54:17). Commit your life to follow Him wherever He leads. Trust Him.
Read: Joshua 5