Joshua 1:6-9 (ESV)
Be strong and courageous, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land that I swore to their fathers to give them. 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. This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful 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. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”
This passage is from when Moses was prevented from going into the promised land because of his disobedience to the Lord’s command, when the people were thirsty, and Moses struck a rock to make it produce water, but the Lord had said for him to speak to the rock. So God chose Joshua to replace Moses as the Leader of the Israelites as they crossed the Jordan River and went into what is today Israel.
God admonishes Joshua to be faithful to the Law Moses gave the Israelites, and He would be with Joshua. Joshua was one of only two of the twelve spies that went in to Canaan to check it out when they were getting ready to go in, that came back and said that although the people were big and strong, he believed that since the Lord was for them, they could go in and take the land. Joshua trusted God.
This admonition to not let this “Book of the Law depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it,” is a good idea for us as well. We should be meditating (pondering, thinking) on God’s Word all the time. We should seek to do what is right, not for reward, or because we think we will earn God’s favor, but just out of seeking righteousness. Seeking to please God out of gratitude for His Grace. While Joshua was under the constraints of the Law, and God said His blessing rested conditionally on Joshua, we are even more blessed.
Because of Jesus, we have His blessing even when we mess up. This does not give us license to mess up, but Grace is given because Jesus paid the penalty already. Let us rejoice n His goodness. Alleluia!
by Virgil Stripes