Joshua 1:6 “Be strong and courageous, for you are the one who will lead these people to possess all the land I swore to their ancestors I would give them. 7 Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the instructions Moses gave you. Do not deviate from them, turning either to the right or to the left. Then you will be successful in everything you do.8 Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do. 9 This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
I can only imagine how Joshua felt taking over as leader of the Israelites. Moses had been the only human leader they had known and those were big sandals to fill! And he was going to be the leader to bring them into the Promised Land.
God gives Joshua clear instructions on how to get through this transition and how to become a godly leader. The key, of course, is God.
Joshua needs to rely on God and God alone.
He needs to rely on God's Word. In order to that, he needs to know it inside and out (just like we need to, and why we are doing this blog together). He doesn't just need to know it, he needs to obey it, he needs to apply it to his life.
He needs to rely on God's presence. Almost every time in the Bible that we see the instructions "Do not fear" it is followed by the reason we don't need to fear: God is with us.
The same holds true for us today. We need to rely on God alone. We need God to transform us through the power of the Holy Spirit and His Word. We need to trust and rely on His presence every step of the way.
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: Joshua 3:1-4:24, Luke 14:7-35, Psalm 80:1-19, Proverbs 12:27-28