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.





Who Is Jesus?

I was reading through my last journal and found an entry from February 2017 dedicated to this question of “Who Is Jesus?” Someone had asked it of me, as a sort of “homework assignment,” and I had written my thoughts down at the time. Now I’d like to share them with you:

Who is Jesus?

How would I answer this to someone who doesn’t have a clear understanding of who Jesus is? Continue reading

The Kingdom of Heaven: Keep Your Word & Keep It Pure

33 “Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform your oaths to the Lord.’ 34 But I say to you, do not swear at all: neither by heaven, for it is God’s throne; 35 nor by the earth, for it is His footstool; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. 36 Nor shall you swear by your head, because you cannot make one hair white or black. 37 But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.

Matt. 5:33-37, NKJV

The phrase Jesus is examining more closely is actually likely a combination of two Old Testament verses: Continue reading

The Word of God (II)

Got this great post in my inbox today from Jonathan Camac – timely reminder of the importance of God’s Word and His sovereign power at work in our lives!

Jonathan Camac


“The word of our God stands forever” (Isaiah 40:8)

Part 2 in my life-long series.

This post works off one simple premise: God’s word is powerful. And if you don’t believe me, let me just discredit your objections in advance. I’ll just throw some truth your way:

“The LORD merely spoke, and the heavens were created. He breathed the word, and all the stars were born” (Psalm 33:6). We know a God who “calls into existence the things that do not exist” (Romans 4:17). It was “at the blast of his breath, that the bottom of the earth could be seen, and the foundations of the earth were laid bare” (2 Samuel 22:16).

God is “sustaining all things by the power of his word” (Hebrews 1:3). The hum of the generator powering the whole universe is every word that the comes from the mouth of God. And we have at our disposal this…

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There’s Not Always a 2nd Chance

I was probably five or six years old. It was a bright new morning, a little earlier than usual for me, when I slipped downstairs to what was then our little schoolroom (for those of you who don’t know, I was homeschooled). Here there were two little desks, one for me and one for my brother, and a big classic chalkboard that took up most of the longest wall.

I don’t remember how often my mom actually used that chalkboard, but it does stand out in my memory in this particular story. I was the first one downstairs, but to my surprise, there was writing on the chalkboard already.

It looked like instructions for a treasure hunt or something!

I started to read, and it went something like this:

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