Today you should read: Joshua 23
This is an awesome passage. It is full of lessons to learn and words of wisdom. Joshua is about to die and he is giving his farewell, last hoorah speech. It is so amazing what he says first. He reminds them of what God has done and where they are because of it. Then he says something absolutely profound in verse 6: he repeats exactly what God told him. He tells the people to be “very strong” and to obey the Law of Moses “without turning to the right or to the left.” This is a great principle to live by.
When God tells us something, we should live by it and never forget it. Joshua was told two things by God when he first stepped into Moses’ shoes of leadership: “be strong and don’t stray from My words.” He never forgot it and now, as an old man ready to pass on, he gives this same call to all of Israel.
Joshua reminds the Israelites that God has driven out the people from the land. So many times in our lives we don’t give God His credit. We, proud as we are, feel that we make accomplishments happen on our own. We do or say something, get an award or promotion, and we take the credit for ourselves. God gives us all we have. We cannot forget who really deserves all the praise and glory for everything that happens in our lives.
Joshua then gives the Israelites a grave warning. He tells them that they can see for themselves that God has not failed to do all that He promised for them. Everything God said He would do, He did. Joshua also reminds them that God said other things would happen if they turned from Him and worshipped the false gods of the land. We will see later that they did not believe this would happen because they quickly fell into idol worship. God is always true to what He says, good or bad, blessing or curse. We can thank the Lord that He is always faithful to fulfill His promises.
Posted by: Robbie Byrd