The Joshua Commission: Go, and God Will Go With You

Go Where God Calls

After the death of Moses the servant of the LORD, it came to pass that the LORD spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ assistant, saying:

“Moses My servant is dead. Now therefore, arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them – the children of Israel.”

(Joshua 1:1-2, NKJV)

You may be, like Joshua, in the midst of grief. You may feel intimidated by the successes of those who went before you – or afraid because you know the failures they struggled with.

But no matter what is in the past, when God says it’s time to move, then move!

God called Joshua to cross into the land that He was giving to Israel. God is giving you a mission to fulfill as well. You don’t have to create it or plan it on your own: it’s a gift. All you have to do is say “yes” and go!

God will Keep His Promises

“Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses. From the wilderness and this Lebanon as far as the great river, the River Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and to the Great Sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your territory.”

(Joshua 1:3-4)

God promised Joshua specific results. As we start on our own mission, we may not have as many details. Like Abraham, we may be called to just go to the place God has shown us, and we might not know yet what that place is until we get there.

But this we do know: we can trust in the promises that God has given us. Just as He fulfilled His promises to Israel, so He fulfills His promises to us. “Therefore know that the LORD your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments” (Deut. 7:9).

And we can trust that even if we don’t know all the specifics, He does. Ephesians 2:10 tells us that “we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”

God Will Be With You

“No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you.”

(Joshua 1:5)

“If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Rom. 8:31b). “The LORD is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” (Psa. 118:6).

Nothing and no one can stand in your way from accomplishing what He has called you to do. Why? Because He will be with you! You won’t have to fight the battle alone because He will stick beside you. You don’t have to be afraid, because you know that the victory is yours – because the victory is God’s! He will fight it with you and He will win it for you.

Find Courage in His Promises

“Be strong and of good courage, for to this people you shall divide as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers to give them.”

(Joshua 1:6)

This is the first of three times in this commission that the LORD told Joshua to be strong and courageous. It must have been terrifying to shoulder the responsibility of leading the nation of Israel as they began their conquest of Canaan. No doubt he needed some encouragement!

So God told him (and still tells us today) not to fear.

God has promised the victory, and He has promised to go with you. Based on those assurances, take heart! Don’t let fears hold you back. Trust in His word and be emboldened by His promises. He has guaranteed success, so why hesitate?

Do What God Says

“Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go.”

(Joshua 1:7)

Sometimes it’s hard, and sometimes it takes courage; but go where God calls and do what He says! If you do what’s right in His eyes, then you will prosper. Not necessarily materially, but certainly spiritually.

If you don’t turn aside to the right or the left, then where you will be? Always on the narrow path. Therefore God will bless you wherever you go, because you will always be going the way that He wants you to go.

Think On His Word

“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.”

(Joshua 1:8)

Do you ever speak of Scripture? Do you ever meditate on it?

If you let God’s Word depart from your mind and heart for lengths of time, then you will eventually find yourself departing from God.

But if you keep it close, pondering it, speaking of it, seeking to follow it, then you will find yourself closer to God. And you will know better how to obey verse 7, staying on the narrow path without straying to the right or left. And again, God will give you success in what you do, because you’ll be doing what He wants you to do!

Psalm 1 tells us that when you delight in the law of the LORD and meditate on it day and night, you “shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever [you do] shall prosper” (v. 3).

Don’t Be Dismayed

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”

(Joshua 1:9)

If you know what you are called to do, and Who has called you to do it – what is there to hold you back? There is nothing to fear.

Go where God wants you to go, and the God who went with Joshua will also go with you.

 

 

 

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