In today’s passage Israel is in the thick of the conquest of the Promised Land. Battle after battle is being fought, kingdom after kingdom is falling, and The Lord is giving all the peoples of this land into the hands of Israel. In this we see the great relationship between God’s sovereignty and human responsibility. God gives Joshua and the armies of Israel directives to carry out and they take action and do it; not on their own power, but through His power.
We see throughout the scripture that it is The Lord who takes the initiative to fulfill His promises, but that does not negate the importance of God’s people taking action and being obedient to the commands and promises we know that He has called us to. Israel was clear on the promise that God had made to them concerning the Promised Land:
Joshua 1:2-3 2 “Moses my servant is dead. Now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, into the land that I am giving to them, to the people of Israel. 3 Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given to you, just as I promised to Moses.
Israel was also clear on how they were to respond in obedience to this promise:
Joshua 1:6-7 6 Be strong and courageous, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land that I swore to their fathers to give them. 7 Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go.
It would take the clarity of The Lord’s direction in their lives, coupled with strength and courage for them to conquer the Promised Land that The Lord set aside for them to inhabit.
Practically for us today, we must seek wholeheartedly an intimacy with God through Christ that gives us clarity in carrying out the plan God has for our lives. We also must respond to the promises and commands of God in our lives with unhindered obedience trusting fully that it is The Lord who is fighting with us in the battle.
Here are a few questions to consider today based on our text: In what ways has God clearly spoke to you recently? Are there promises or directives you know you’ve received from Him? Are you being fully obedient to follow Christ in those areas, being strong and courageous in Him? Be encouraged today in God’s sovereignty as well as the responsibility Christ has given you to be a fully devoted follower of Him.
By: Matt Mofield