SATURDAY, AUGUST 1
Scripture: Joshua 1:1-7
Joshua 1:1-7 says, “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. 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. 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. 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. 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.” How would you like to follow Moses with all the miracles, all the judgments, the deliverance, the Red Sea, and the Egyptians dead on the sea shore? To me that is the worst job on the planet. Everyone knew what Moses was capable of through the anointing. God demonstrated it over and over again. Suddenly Joshua has to follow the greatest leader Israel has ever seen. Now what does God tell him to do? ‘Be strong and very courageous. Do the Word that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right or to the left and you will prosper wherever you go. Do the Word.’ The one thing that God said to Joshua is do the Word that Moses commanded. That is it, Joshua. If you want to be successful, do what the Word says! That is straightforward and simply put. Joshua did not have to guess. God told him straight out. ‘You want to be successful, do the Word!’ And the very first thing Joshua had to do was march Israel over the Jordan River during flood stage. God demonstrated Himself faithful. Can we hear the simplicity of what God told Joshua to do? Do the Word. It sounds so simple and yet it became the foundation of all that Joshua accomplished! He possessed the Promised Land. Will we?